Why many people fail to develop a habit of working out?

Men sana in corpore sano – Latin saying

Working out is great way to increase your productivity for many reasons. I know a lot of people make excuse that they “can’t find time” to work out, but one of main reasons why those people can’t find time for anything, is because they are energy drained. Our bodies aren’t designed to be that much static. If your work requires a lot of sitting, working out is essential for maintaining your health and mind balance, which will greatly increase your “I’ve got it done”/per hour ratio.

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Many people ask me how can I be this fanatic about working out? They know I never miss a day. I developed a habit and it sticks. When you get into habit of working out, it’s really easy afterwards. Failure of developing a habit lies in simple things. Many people can’t achieve it, because they fail at:

1. Making a  strong commitment – Everyone is going to tell you to make a strong commitment, but not many people will actually do what it takes in order for that commitment to grow. Take pen and paper and write down all the reasons why you should workout, than after that, write down the consequences of not working out and exaggerate them. Linking pleasure to your workouts is crucial, you should reward yourself right after you finish. How you gonna accomplish that, is up to you. But you need to link pleasure to train yourself, like we train dogs, that when you do something good, reward is coming by itself.

2. Continiualy repeating the process – until it becomes natural for you to do it everyday. Back in the days, while I was going to gym, I remember I was pushing trough hangovers and days without sleep, just in order to reach my goal, but what I was doing than, I was pushing trough my pain in order to make a habit. Creating a habit is critical, especially in first 3 months. First 21 days that everyone seems to be talking about will just make it easier for you when you continiue to do so, it won’t be habit right there, it’s just foundation.

3. STARTING SMALL – This tip could save a lot of failed New Years resolutions which make baby pandas sad 🙁 Don’t make baby panadas sad, by starting out small. If you haven’t worked out in years, you just can’t expect to do massive killer workout straight away. I know thousands of people who buy expensive gym membership, burn themselves down for quick results, don’t skip a day and than drop out after 2 weeks! Don’t maintain that unhealthy mentality which want’s to get results as soon as possible. You want gradual results that are going to maintain.

I wasn’t working actively out for last 4 months of 2010, I was sick and had good excuse, but when 2011 came around the corner, I knew it was time to change the rules of the game. I started out small, by simply doing warmup and 4 simple excersises the moment I wake up. I didn’t skip the single day. Now after a month of easy preparations I completed P90X training without breaking a sweat. Which leads us to the next tip:

4. Building up, one month at the time – Each month I introduce one new habit into my life and I start small, but with establish habits, I tend to add a little spice and delve deeper into them. This brings KAIZEN into the picture. KAIZEN is jaapanese expression for continual growth. Modern society and marketing have lead us to glorification of instant gratifications, quick and effortless solutions to common problems. And we bought into it, if you can’t achieve something in 30 days or less, it’s not even worth a shot. Don’t be another victim of marketing ploy and strive for continius growth of your already developed habits.

If you are really into productivity, you will start with fixing your body. It has “100 effects in 1 activity”, safely I can assure you it’s something that’s gonna change your mindset, outcome on the things and get you to have more focused energy. Stop looking for excuses, because they are so damn easy to find, instead start looking for reasons! And they are that many, that they just can’t fit in one blog post alone.

Comments

  1. says

    Exercising is one of the best ways to increase your productivity and creativity.

    I think that the reason why people quit, is because they are looking for results too soon. For example, if you want to run a marathon, you have to train enough, before you can accomplish anything. Getting a six-pack abs doesn’t just happen after one week of training – it takes more time.

    However, it is the consistency and being persistent that counts. Being “stubborn” in a good way and just going on without stopping is the true way of getting results.

    Also, the essential aspect of creating the habit is to do it as soon as you can. I know I sure felt weird, when I hit the gym the first time couple years ago at 06.00AM. Now the morning work-outs are natural part of me – I can’t live without those 🙂

    • says

      Timo, thanks for your comment. I must add that it’s not only about working out. We can apply this principle to anything if we’re to succeed! I think it’s one of the great ways to accomplish success in our lives, whatever that word means for us.

  2. says

    Great point to make in a productivity blog. I was really struggling with procrastination last week and would find it difficult to sit down and write. Talking it over with a friend, i figgered out it was because i wouldn’t be able to function until i exercised. 

    It was almost as if my body’s connection with my mind (and willingness to type for example) was on strike until i went to the gym and gave over to it. Since then, i have been back in the flow and have found it easier to maintain my exercise regime as well as take advantage of the noticeable peaks in my motivation. 

    I don’t know why i avoid it so much when ten minutes into a workout, as the endorphins start flowing, i remember how much i love it!