Making A Habit
How to Establish an Exercise Routine
First, know that you don’t have to do high-intensity workouts to reap the benefits—start slow if you are new to exercising. (Consider consulting your doctor to get approval, as well.) Take some time to figure out what you enjoy. You don’t have to be a runner if you hate it; going for a walk or trying a gentle yoga class are equally excellent options. When you find something you enjoy, you’re more likely to continue prioritizing it. Here are some additional tips:
Pick easy goals, like 15 minutes of movement a day. Build up as that becomes more habitual.
Track your progress on a calendar or chart, and celebrate (alcohol-free, of course) when you hit your goals.
Find an accountability partner - someone who will join you and help keep you on track.
Join a community - a running club, a fitness studio, an online fitness community. These groups have the added benefit of connection, something that is so helpful in sobriety.
Find a structured program to take the guesswork out of building a workout.
Now let’s get moving! Try 15 minutes of gentle movement today, and let’s add exercise to your alcohol-free toolbox.
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