Diet and Exercise Part 2

The hardest part of exercise is doing it. The first step is putting on your shorts. To make it easier you need to find something that you like.  If you’re lucky enough to like sports this should be easy. If not then you have to lay some groundwork. Start by making a list of stuff you might like doing. Eg.

–  running
–  bicycling
– weights
– tai chi
– rock climbing
–  soccer
–  basketball
–  hockey
–  skiing/  snowboarding
– etc

The only restriction is that you have to sweat enough to need a shower after.  Baseball, golf, bar sports and the like don’t make the list.

The next step is to simply pick something on the list and try it. Make the goal having fun instead of getting exercise. Then,  simply go and do it. Those are the easy steps.

The next harder step is doing it regularly enough that it becomes part of your routine;  part of who you are. At the beginning it will feel unnatural to exercise regularly.  You will have days where you want to make excuses. ‘oh, I parked a block further away from the office than I usually do and walked, so that counts for something.’ No, it doesn’t. The days you feel like skipping are the most important days to follow through. Your goal is to get to a point where you don’t feel like yourself if you miss a day.

Once your exercise routine is a part of you,  it’s time to start thinking about how to keep your body tuned so that you don’t hurt yourself. That probably means cardio 1-2 times per week and weights 1-2 times per week.  If you struggled to find some kind of exercise that you like,  then committing to this stage will be harder. Just remember, the best injury protection is your own fitness. Again, you want to get to the point where it’s not a normal day if  you miss a workout. Once you get there you just need to maintain it.

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