Step Three

The next issue is related to choice. At the core of anything you do is a choice. You choose to get up in the morning and go to work. You choose to brush your teeth, iron your clothes, and wash your car. Everything is a choice. The key to exercising regularly is making that choice, not daily, but only once.

Surprised? Let me explain. I know someone who would drive to the health club and look for parking in the first row closest to the front door. If she didn’t get a good parking spot, she would go home and not exercise that day. As you can see, she was basing her decision to exercise on whether she got good parking. Sounds funny, but many people do the very same thing. They decide whether to exercise based on time, scheduling, “how they feel”, etc. Any number of criteria and factors could dictate if they exercise or not that day. Setting up exercise criteria only serves to increase your arsenal of excuses and prevents you from achieving a healthy lifestyle.

The problem with these scenarios outlined above is that they allow you to choose whether or not to exercise based on some criteria that you have consciously or unconsciously developed.

If you are going to start and maintain a consistent exercise program, you cannot approach exercise this way. Take a moment right now to review the exercise criteria that you have set up for yourself. Ok, now get rid of it!

The bottom line is that you make the choice to workout and that choice is final! Why, because you have already decided to do it. There is NEVER a choice not to exercise, because the choice has already been made. You just do it!

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