Welcome to Getting Fit at Fifty

My name is Art Davis and I started running in 2007 to lose weight. Check out my before and after photos at the bottom of the page. I ran my first 5K and 10K in 2007 I went on to run my first half Marathon and full Marathon in 2008.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Starting an Exercise Habit

Starting an exercise habit is not easy, it takes time and dedication. Most people who tried to start an exercise habit stop.

Here are some simple steps to start the exercise habit and keep it going:
  1. Set one, specific, measurable goal.
  2. Establish  a set routine, it takes at least 3 weeks to establish a habit.
  3. Write it down. Hold yourself accountable and share with others.
  4. Keep yourself motivated by changing your course, signing up for a race or reflecting on your accomplishments.
Any other suggestions?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Art,
    When I first started working out I bought a really nice (expensive) pair of jeans that had a waist size one inch too small and promised myself that I wouldn't try to squeeze into them. Now 4 years later those jeans are actually a little loose on me.

    My motivation now a days come from having one "splurge day" a week. This is where I can eat pretty much what ever I want without worrying about it and get to forget about my training routine if I choose to. I only let myself do this if I've followed my fitness routine the rest of the week.

    I've been doing this for over a year and the funny thing is now even though I've given myself permission to "spurge" for a day I usually still end up doing something to get a little cardio in that day. It's just become a habit and part of my lifestlye!