Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Exercisers
By Gary Gianetti, MS CPT
Health Promotion Professional at Healthy Altitudes
The concept of this article is taken from the book by Stephen Covey and the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.
Over the last 10 years as a health promotion and fitness professional, I have asked many trainers, fitness professionals, and successful clients what common practices have improved their quality of life and health. These are seven simple principles that are used by most individuals who have built health and physical activity into their lifestyles.
- Consistency- Keep exercise in your schedule. Don’t let things get in the way of your daily routine to exercise. Do your physical activity in the morning before other activities take over your day, schedule time at lunch to walk. Be consistent and make time.
- Variety- Try new workouts. Take a class you haven’t taken yet. Meet with a trainer to learn new exercises. Set a new goal, take on a new challenge. It’s easy to adapt to a workout and to get comfortable but this won’t get results. Hard work gets results.
- Safety- Are your exercises safe and scientifically founded? Always ask if your exercises are “joint friendly” or whether you do the movement in your sport or in your daily life. Keep your exercises safe and you can do them for the rest of your life.
- Function- Choose an exercise program that matches your lifestyle activities. Do exercises that will enhance your lifestyle or your sport. Find ways you can continue to participate in exercise most days of the week.
- Fun- If it’s not fun don’t do it. If your exercise program is getting stale, refer to the other habits of effective exercisers: Variety, Safety, and Function.
- Motivation- Find a motivating factor and keep it in mind daily. Put a reminder on your fridge to go to the gym and avoid late night snacks. Put a note on your computer to get up and take a walk when you put in long hours at work.
- Prevention- Use exercise and good health habits regularly to prevent the onset of disease. It is impossible to gain 40 pounds in a week; it happens slowly. Getting back into exercise or continuing to stay active slowly will be a great way to prevent health issues later.
We are heading into the holiday season and it can be hard to make time for yourself in between social gatherings. Put these 7 things to work for you so you don’t gain weight with those unwanted holiday pounds. Take one day at a time and one week at a time, schedule your workouts, and find realistic times that work for you to go get fitter, not bitter.