Do you know that your level of persistence is directly related to your habits and you can easily develop and improve it by developing good habits? A habit is a routine you follow every day. You don’t even have to think about it because it is so ingrained. For most people, you don’t have to think about brushing your teeth morning and night, it’s automatic – a habit. And for those for whom it is not, painful visits to the dentist and false teeth almost certainly lie on the horizon. Is persistence REALLY important? This is what Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the USA, had to say about persistence:
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” (BrainyQuotes) And persistence applies equally as well to exercise.
How persistent are you? Try answering these (no one is going to ask you for your responses, so you can be honest):
- Do you give up on exercise when it gets tough?
- Do you find excuses for everything?
- Are you are stuck losing weight regardless of what you do?
Persistence Is Key
If you answered yes to any of these then you may need to work on your persistence. When you allow excuses to stop you, you are only hurting yourself. It is not really your lack of motivation or willpower it is your lack of persistence and the easiest way to improve it is by developing your GOOD habits.
Pick Just One Thing
Pick one thing that you want to become a habit and work on it. It only takes about three weeks for a habit to become ingrained in your mind. That really isn’t that long now is it? Just 21 days, though working on a habit for 60 days is even better. Say for instance, you want to run in a 5K but you haven’t yet. Think about what is stopping you and think about how badly you want it. If you want this with all of your heart and soul you will achieve it. You will find time to fit in your training runs and this will fill you with a sense of accomplishment. Your habit for this would be to take regular training runs. To help develop that habit, block out regular time for your training runs on your calendar and don’t let anything use up that time. If you don’t have that time blocked out – go and do it now, otherwise it will be used up by others who don’t have the same goals as you. To succeed, all you need is the perseverance to keep on going. This means scheduling and planning out your runs and putting tools into place so that you develop this habit. The same is true for any other form of exercise. You have to persist and the best way to persist is to build useful habits that help you keep on with that training. You can find more information here on getting the motivation to exercise.
EliteCodex found a problem keeping up with his exercise after school. he found that using his bodyweight for exercising was his best way of keeping fit and he found some exercise programs that fitted in with this. KatieP provides a list of 10 ways to start out slowly and develop that exercise habit. Megamatt09 points out that walking is also a useful exercise habit and it has the benefit of helping you organise your thoughts and the rest of your day too. And PoeticEnigma reminds us that we may all like different kinds of exercise and has created a poll asking people what exercise they like best because if you enjoy your exercise, you are more likely to keep it up and develop that habit. MikeJHCA shows how he transitioned from nerd to muscle man by developing an exercise habit and nbaquero provides proof that he chose to take up a challenge and complete it, despite taking some time off due to a health problem!