Getting Active

Written By Chiropractic Health and Wellness on January 21, 2015

Exercise is one of many keystone habits that we need in place. After those keystone habits are in place, other healthy habits tend to follow. The thing about exercise is that it really comes down to just doing it. Rather than waiting until you can find time to get to a gym, sign up and get started, just start moving. While gyms are great, it’s not absolutely necessary to be part of one in the beginning to set that habit in place. In fact, it may be easier to make regular activity a habit if you build up to it and make small things a part of your daily routine.  For example, begin by parking your car in the back of the store parking lot rather than finding the closest spot, or take the stairs rather than the elevator at work. As time passes, you can begin increasing your activity by slowly modifying and increasing the frequency or tempo. The key is to have a queue. Whenever you hit a certain point in your day, you know it’s time to add in whatever small activity you’ve chosen to engage in. When you walk in the front door at work, automatically head for the staircase rather than the elevator doors or when you get home from work, put on your walking shoes and grab your water bottle. Once you’ve begun putting these actions in place, make sure you recognize a reward for making that a habit. A reward may be internal such as endorphins that are released or the benefit of fresh air and sunshine, or external in the form of getting to sit down to read a good book or take a hot bath. Whatever your reward may be, make sure it’s not working against the positive habit you’re trying to form. Eventually the hope is that all rewards will become internalized and that your reward is good health and happiness. Either way, exercise is a good keystone habit to set in place. If you haven’t started moving, do it now!

-Stephanie Worwa
January 19th, 2015

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