Exercise is good for us. Most of us could use a lot more of it in our lives. It provides a lot of benefits including helping us get fit and stay fit, weight loss, better health, longer life, and even makes you feel better emotionally. So with all these benefits why is it so hard to stick to an exercise program?

Try To Make Too Many Changes At Once.
Change isn't easy. We often look at our lives and come up with a huge list of things we want changed. We then try to do them all at once and it becomes overwhelming. Because we are creatures of habit and we have a hard time changing it doesn't work when we try to make a lot of changes at one time.

  • Tip: Try to make small, easier changes one at a time. Once you have that change as part of your life then move on to the next one.

Making Time.
Most of us don't have a lot of time. Life is full of things to do and often we feel overwhelmed. We have kids, jobs, errands, a house to keep, friends and family, and we hope to squeeze in a little TV watching and a little relaxation in there somewhere. We also want a decent amount of sleep, if possible. With all these things, and often more, on our plates it is hard to make time for exercise. Exercise takes a little bit of time and it is easier to let it all go.

  • Tip: Make time a little bit at a time. Carve out ten minutes for a walk or some other form of exercise. Do this several times a week. Then build that up to fifteen minutes and so on.
  • Tip: Evaluate the things in your life that are good for you and consider cutting some of the things that aren't so good for you and replacing it with a little exercise. For example, if you watch an hour and a half of TV each night then consider doing only an hour.

Makes Us Tired.
This is one of those things that is true and isn't true at the same time. In the beginning exercise does make you tired. Your body isn't used to it and it can feel overwhelming. However, the more you exercise the more energy you will have. After a short while exercise actually makes you feel energized. It takes time, but you can work past the tired phase and into the energized one.

  • Myth: Exercising makes you tired. Truth: Exercise will energize you, but it will take a little time to get used to it.

Don't See Results Fast Enough.
We live in an instant society. We want everything to happen five seconds ago. "Where is my cheeseburger?" Because of this instant society we struggle when we don't see the results fast enough. We want to exercise today and see the results tomorrow. But exercise just doesn't work that way. It takes time to get where you want to be. Be patient.

  • Tip: Don't get on the scale for two weeks. Then only check your weight once a week. Be forgiving if you weigh more then you hoped.
  • Tip: Give it three or four months before you expect results!

Often times it is easy to get bored with an exercise regimen. You might walk and feel you have seen all there is to see. You might have done the same exercise video a million times. This boredom can make it easy to give up and move on to things that are easier to handle.

  • Tip: Vary your work outs. Add a wide variety of things so that you are less likely to get bored.
  • Tip: Take a class or work with out with a friend. This will make it easier to stay focused and make it harder to quit.

Lack of Commitment.
If you aren't completely committed to working out then it is easy to let it go. Staying committed isn't always easy. A lack of motivation can quickly have us backing out.

  • Tip: Make your commitment to a person, this will make it harder to back out.

No Clear Plan.
Without guidance it is easy to fall by the way side. Most people don't have a lot of guidance. They just want to get healthier, get fit, or loose weight. Along with no plan or guidance we also have weak set goals. These may be ultimate goals that are hard to focus on (I want to loose 80 pounds) or you may just know you want to loose weight (or fit into that beautiful dress).

  • Tip: Come up with a detailed plan. Start with slow steps and work your way up, but plan it all out so you know what to do next.
  • Tip: Set a serious of small, easier to obtain goals. Then reward yourself when you get there (though it isn't a good idea to reward yourself with food!).

Good and Bad Habits.
Habits come in two types, the good and the bad. Often we talk about bad habits a whole lot more then good ones. However, there are a few things they have in common. Habits take time to form. It takes us six to eight weeks to form most habits (those with physical addiction issues don't fall into this category, but those that become just habits do). Often it is easy to let go of the things we should be working toward long before they become a habit in our lives.

  • Tip: Give it sixty days before you are willing to let it go. By then it should be a habit and it should become something you miss.
  • Tip: Don't let your good habits go. Often we miss it for the first few days or weeks, but it is much easier to let a good habit go then it is to build it back up.

Failure can effect us in two ways. One we can be afraid to fail and therefore let it go because it seems easier not to try then to fail. The other way is that when we do fail we get down about it and beat ourselves up. In both cases failure can over take our goals and hopes and leave us with nothing.

  • Tip: You fail when you don't try. Therefore try to do the things you desire and you have a measure of success already.
  • Tip: Failure will happen, it is only a matter of when. Therefore, don't beat yourself up when you fail. Instead, pick yourself up and get back to work.

Exercise is fantastic and has a lot of advantages. However there are many things stacked against your exercise routine. Get out there, make a plan, and work toward making exercise a healthy habit in your life. Yes it will take work and there will be days you don't think you can make it, but you can!