I have been procrastinating on writing this post because I haven’t wanted to think about how I would benefit from more exercise. In my post What is happiness? I listed exercise as one component that was suggested in the book Making Happy People: The Nature of Happiness and Its Origins in Childhood. I can fully understand that exercise is a component of happiness because when I’ve been regularly exercising I’ve had more energy and felt more of the opportunities offered by life. However, I am currently in an exercising dip and have been for a few months (OK at least six) and I’m struggling to get out of it.
The last time I was actively exercising was before my wedding, then I was going to the gym almost everyday and sometimes twice a day. I loved the classes because I had to go at the set time or miss it. The problem started about a month before the wedding when meetings started clashing with the classes. When I came back from the honeymoon the timetable had changed and it didn’t work as well for me.
The two things I had before the wedding was a goal and a habit. 7 ways to build the exercise habit at zen habits points out the importance of having a goal and I need to work on this, just as I need to with all my goals.
So, my plan is to start exercising daily as suggested by Scott H Young in his post New to Exercise? Make workouts daily. I have received a daily exercise DVD from Blockbuster to try out and as I am waking up earlier I will use it in the mornings. I am also going to organise an appointment for a new programme at the gym. I admit it is going to be difficult next week because I’m away from home for three nights, but I guess that is just an additional challenge.