Step 1: Be Real With Yourself
Let’s say you’re open to the idea of exercising. Maybe you’ve thought about doing something but haven’t committed, and you’re certainly not intending to lace up your sneakers today — or tomorrow, for that matter.
As a first step, Gagliardi asks people to think through why they want to exercise. How will it help you make your day-to-day life better? “Sometimes it helps to connect your long-term goals to your daily activities.” For example, if your goal is to keep up with your grandkids, walking a few times a week can help you get in shape.
John Berardi, PhD, founder of Precision Nutrition recommends a “5 Whys” exercise. Take your initial answer to “Why do I want to exercise?” and break that down further. So if your first reason is to lose weight, ask why you want to lose weight. Keep going until you get to the reason that is going to truly motivate you.
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