Cue the Exercise Habit

January 17, 2017 | posted in: Exercise, Fitness Tip of the Week | by

We’ve all heard the recommendations for making something a habit, usually it’s a recommended number of days, sometimes it’s making small incremental changes to a bigger change or habit.

A new study was done specific to making an exercise habit. The idea for making it a habit to move is to have one cue that gets you started. This explanation is from Shape magazine:

“…according to new research in the journal Health Psychology… the thing that predicted a person’s success in maintaining a fitness routine was locking in a consistent signal for when it was time to lace up – like, say, pegging your run to the first thing you do after reading the morning news. Even if your class of choice constantly varies (yoga today, CrossFit tomorrow), or if you’re start time isn’t precise and relies on something like seeing the last person in your family exit the front door in the a.m., having a trigger will help put you on autopilot to make the workout happen.” (Shape 2017)

Might be something worth trying, kind of like a Pavlovian response. As always, contact me with any questions.

Healthy, happy living!

Source:

Matt Hawthorne, “Find your move groove” Shape Incorporating Fitness Magazine; Volume 36, No. 5, January/February 2017: 17. Print

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