Finding time/remembering to do my home exercises


This week's question

I'm having trouble finding time/remembering to do my home exercises, what can I do?

My answer - If this is you, the first step is to take a good look at what you do during the day and in what order you need to prioritize things. I consider home exercises as "health" and/or "self care" and therefore think they should fall somewhere middle to middle-top of your priorities. Of course, there are things like relationships/childcare, sleeping, eating/obtaining food and earning a living that need to be above this.

From there, I think most of us can identify things that maybe should fall below the home exercises in terms of priorities. In my opinion this would likely include things like social media, TV, shopping etc.

This simple exercises can often help us identify at least 5-10 minutes per day that we can dedicate to healthy exercise/PT exercises. From there, I like to use a strategy called habit stacking that I learned from James Clear's book Atomic Habits (great read, if you haven't).

Basically, you take something you are accustomed to doing every day, like brushing your teeth or taking a shower, and decide to do the new habit you are trying to form (exercises) immediately before or after that habit.

You don't have to try hard to remember to brush your teeth right? Hopefully no. So If you know you will brush your teeth every day, and you know you are always going to do your exercises as soon as you put your toothbrush down, voila, you are on your way to developing a new habit!




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