7 Habits of Highly Effective Exercisers

“It is no longer a secret to us that exercising could benefit us in a lot of ways. It can prevent sickness while keeping our body strong and immune to any diseases. However, though we know this fact, it is really hard for us to make this a part of a lifestyle. Sometimes we would rather sleep than exercise for a few minutes. Even I am not exempted to that.”

 

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Get Motivated, Stay Motivated

Five or six days every week, Sue Wolcott, 41, hits the treadmill in her basement. It’s a habit that started after she named her exercise machine Ripley. “It’s as in ‘Believe it or not, I’m working out,'” says Sue, a teacher in Grand Island, New York. “I would never skip out on meeting a friend, so I decided to treat my treadmill like a person.” It’s become, ahem, a running joke in her set; one pal now refers to her own treadmill as Dusty. “It’s just us being silly, but when I’m asked if I’ve seen Ripley, I really love answering yes,” Sue says.

Despite what you may think, the trick to exercising regularly isn’t finding your inner enforcer. Rather, “it’s getting creative and tapping your natural motivations,” says Kelly McGonigal, PhD, a health psychologist and fitness instructor at Stanford. We asked women who work up a sweat almost every day for their stick-with-it solutions. Check out our seven fail-proof favorites.

1. Don’t put away your gear.

From the moment she rises, Kristina Monét Cox, 26, has exercise on the brain. That’s because the first things she sees are her sneakers and workout clothes. “I’ve got them next to the bed in plain sight,” says Kristina, the CEO of a communications firm in Houston. “I’ve also got dumbbells right where I can see them in the bathroom, and a balance ball, a yoga mat, and a jump rope strategically placed throughout the house.” Forgetting to exercise is never her problem.

Why it works: Visual cues are a wake-up call to your brain. “We all have competing priorities like work, family, chores. Sometimes we need a reminder to keep exercise at the forefront,” McGonigal says.

Do it yourself: If you don’t have the space to display your gear (or if it’ll mess with your decor), choose just one or two prime locations that you’ll never miss. Better yet, “pick places where you spend a lot of time and can use the equipment, like by the TV or the phone,” says Amanda Visek, PhD, assistant professor of sport and exercise psychology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

2. Turn your commute into a workout.

On days that Monica Vazquez, 27, a master trainer for New York Sports Clubs in New York City, can’t do her usual run, she stuffs her essentials — keys, cash, credit card, phone and ID — into a fanny pack and jogs home from …

 

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