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How to Make Exercise a Lifelong Habit

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  • Consistent exercisers have made exercise a habit triggered by a cue, such as hearing the morning alarm and heading for the gym first thing in the morning without even thinking about it
  • This kind of habit is referred to as “an instigation habit,” and it’s the only factor able to predict a person’s ability to maintain an exercise regimen over the long-term
  • Reframing your thoughts about the rewards of exercise, focusing on the immediate — how you feel right after exercising — rather than long-term rewards, can also make your exercise habit stick

By Dr. Mercola

While a healthy diet accounts for about 80 percent of the benefits you reap from a healthy lifestyle, exercise is the leverage that allows all of those benefits to be maximized.


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