Thursday, July 12, 2007

7 Steps to Creating a More Beautiful You Part 2: Exercise

This post couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. I was sitting here tonight thinking that for the past five days I told myself that I was going to exercise, but kept putting it off. I’ll do it after I do this…or I’ll wait til it cools down outside.

I feel very guilty. However, I can’t blame anybody else for my decision to procrastinate. I also told myself that I was going put post-its around the house to remind myself to exercise, but that didn’t happen either.

An article over at tackles this issue and concludes that in order to stay motivated about exercise, one needs to get more sleep:

"Most people fall off the exercise wagon after about three weeks. Their motivation for it crashes when they do not maintain or change to healthy sleeping habits. Without enough sleep, it becomes difficult to get motivated to go out and get proper exercise. In fact, the main excuse for not getting enough exercise is either being “too tired” or having “no time.” Often, it is the combination of both, making it extremely difficult to maintain a balanced approach as taught by these Zen masters."

I usually get about 7-8 hours of sleep every night, however I tend to go to bed very late (around 3 a.m.) which may be part of the problem. When I wake up I still feel a bit groggy and although my first inclination is to hop on the treadmill, I usually follow that with a “Well, I’ll exercise in the afternoon in between writing…”

Another great article I came across is over at Zen Habits: 7 Ways to Build the Exercise Habit. I’ve written down my goal (less fat on my stomach), the deadline (July 31), and the action plan (100 Situps/Crunches per day and workout 3 times a week). I’m going to post this by my bed so it’s the first thing I see when I wake up.

What is your exercise routine? If you don’t have one, why not?

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Exercise: Back to the Basics

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