Posted: 29 Mar 2013 08:00 AM PDT
By Leo Babauta
How do you form the exercise habit — really make it stick?
Take the first step.
Then take another. Make each step so important that you can’t miss it. And enjoy each step.
That’s my method, honed from eight years of forming the exercise habit. It works, for me.
But everyone has a different method, and it’s inspiring and massively useful to learn from others who’ve successfully created the habit themselves.
Today, we’ll look at a great list of those methods, submitted by folks on Twitter who have overcome the odds and successfully formed the exercise habit.
First, thank you, to everyone who submitted their successful methods. It was more than I’d hoped for, and incredibly powerful reinforcement of what works. But there were so many submissions that I had to whittle it down, tossing out good ideas and picking others that I thought were more universally applicable. Many of the ones listed here were echoed many times over in the submissions.
Let’s dive in!
I asked people who had successfully created the exercise habit — what worked for them? They answered (note – ones without a name after them were submitted anonymously):
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