I work out 5 days a week however usually Monday-Friday. If I miss a day it’s no big deal as long as I make it up on Saturday or Sunday. Mostly I’m doing 45 minutes of cardio followed by stretching and light weightlifting, My main goal is to drop weight so far I’ve lost 40lbs this way. To start I made myself a plan to “form a habit of working out” over 21 days. In reality it took me 4 weeks and 1 day to develop the habit. I did not count my off days when I didn’t work out as part of the habit formation process. I also would use visualization to help cement the habit in my mind. I would picture myself running, seeing my legs moving, seeing the body I wanted to make for myself, and picturing the endorphins being released into my bloodstream. Pretty soon I was starting to see small changes all over my body and my mental health as well. Things will still get bad or depressing for me but much like a trampoline stretched tight: I am able to be more resilient and more intellectually engaged with my problems instead of giving into emotions and depression. After that my body and mind felt addicted to working out even craving it when life gets stressful or even boring. Now it’s been over a year. Working out isn’t necessarily self sustaining in my life but if I give myself permission to fail and always pick myself back up and moving forward knowing that each day is a victory waiting for me and it holds one for anyone who is willing to try!
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