They say hardest part about going to the gym is, well, going to the gym. When I’m sitting on the couch, enjoying my Netflix, I am counting down the minutes to going to yoga. I start to make excuses: Am I not feeling well? Is that a cold coming on? Does my ankle maybe hurt? My yoga pants are dirty! As you can tell, motivation was never my strong suit.
So what can we do to get into the habit of working out when we really don’t want it? According to Time a study in Health Psychology finds there’s only one simple trick that people who consistently work-out do to get themselves to the gym.
Researchers found that an immediate trigger is all you need to get someone in the habit to go work-out. Say, an alarm on your smartphone — you see it and just exercise with no snoozing and no procrastination. Another example is if you get upset, instead of reaching for that candy bar or adult beverage, head to the gym. This is called “instigation habit.” “It’s not something you have to deliberate about; you don’t have to consider the pros and cons of going to the gym after work,” explains L. Alison Phillips, PhD, who is one of the study’s authors and also assistant professor of psychology at Iowa State University.
Having a routine doesn’t mean that you have to stick to the same old exercise regime — you can go for a jog, go to the gym, take a class, ride your bike or just get down with some push-ups. Just make sure you do it immediately when cued.
I’m going to try this method out for cleaning my apartment!
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Only one trick?! Just do it.