Committing to Your Exercise Plan

Q) How can I stay committed to an exercise program when I’m so busy?

A) I have yet to meet someone who has legitimately been “too busy” to find time for exercise. It’s just a matter of setting a goal that motivates you. It doesn’t have to be to lose weight or get to a certain dress size, but should be something that excites you. For example, I recently spoke with an 83 year old man who wanted to know the best exercises to do so he could continue to go dancing with his wife 4 nights/week. We all know that exercising is good for us, but that’s clearly not enough to get us in the gym, as just 8% of men and 3% of women in the US do any regularly scheduled exercise. Here is how to set your goal:

1. What is your final objective (make it realistic) – example: “I want to reduce my blood pressure to 120/80 and lose 10 lbs of body fat in 6 weeks”

2. Establish behavioral goals that will help facilitate your final objective – example:
- “I will meet with a trainer 2x/week for the next 6 weeks”
- “I will stop eating deserts except for Saturday night”
- “I will make sure I eat breakfast daily and have healthy snacks on hand so I don’t eat junk”
- “I will reduce my caloric intake by at least 600 calories for the next 6 weeks by eliminating my Starbucks Crapaccino and switching to black coffee or espresso”

These are examples of behavioral goals that will all act as possible steps to achieve the final outcome goal. Treat your health like your business. Have clear objectives with an outlined action plan. Also write down your goals and place them somewhere you can see them daily. This will hold you accountable and increase your rate of success. It’s like they say – “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”.