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There are so many advantages to doing your resistance training at home. It avoids the time and inconvenience of getting to the gym which is often a noisy, dirty and overwhelming environment.  However, the fact that your exercise is available to you at any time can make it easy not to do it at all.

Top tip one for successful home exercise is to examine your barriers. Most people who’ve fallen out of the habit of exercise have a well established repertoire of excuses. When you’re at home it’s easy to convince yourself that work, housework or errands are more pressing. Pay close attention to the triggers that consistently derail your routine and work to create habits that don’t constantly get broken.   

Top tip two is to make your new habits comfortable and convenient. This may mean making changes to your workout room to create an inviting space, or investing in practical workout clothes.  Anything that creates ease makes habit formation simpler. Make a list of things you could do to make your new exercise habits easier, happier and more convenient.  Start with the quickest, easiest action point and work upwards to make your habits easier.

Your brain loves consistency and fixed patterns are a way to save effort. Regular exercisers don’t debate whether they should exercise any more than they debate whether they should clean their teeth each morning, workouts are just a fact of life. They don’t use up precious emotional energy summoning willpower to exercise – they do it on autopilot and use mental capacity for other tasks.

Exercise habits take discipline and willpower to create. But once you’ve decided on your schedule and made the habits easy to implement you can establish predictable patterns. Then you’re on cruise control and can enjoy all the benefits functional movement has to offer.

This article provides general health and wellbeing information. It is not intended to be medical or nutritional advice specific to you. Please consult an appropriate healthcare professional, such as your GP, a registered dietitian or nutritionist for any specific concerns.

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There are so many advantages to doing your resistance training at home. It avoids the time and inconvenience of getting to the gym which is often a noisy, dirty and overwhelming environment.  However, the fact that your exercise is available to you at any time can make it easy not to do it at all.

Top tip one for successful home exercise is to examine your barriers. Most people who’ve fallen out of the habit of exercise have a well established repertoire of excuses. When you’re at home it’s easy to convince yourself that work, housework or errands are more pressing. Pay close attention to the triggers that consistently derail your routine and work to create habits that don’t constantly get broken.   

Top tip two is to make your new habits comfortable and convenient. This may mean making changes to your workout room to create an inviting space, or investing in practical workout clothes.  Anything that creates ease makes habit formation simpler. Make a list of things you could do to make your new exercise habits easier, happier and more convenient.  Start with the quickest, easiest action point and work upwards to make your habits easier.

Your brain loves consistency and fixed patterns are a way to save effort. Regular exercisers don’t debate whether they should exercise any more than they debate whether they should clean their teeth each morning, workouts are just a fact of life. They don’t use up precious emotional energy summoning willpower to exercise – they do it on autopilot and use mental capacity for other tasks.

Exercise habits take discipline and willpower to create. But once you’ve decided on your schedule and made the habits easy to implement you can establish predictable patterns. Then you’re on cruise control and can enjoy all the benefits functional movement has to offer.

This article provides general health and wellbeing information. It is not intended to be medical or nutritional advice specific to you. Please consult an appropriate healthcare professional, such as your GP, a registered dietitian or nutritionist for any specific concerns.

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