Woman climbing stairs with text overlay: Starting/Building a Consistent Exercise Program

Starting/Building a Consistent Exercise Habit

Exercise. Love it or hate it, it’s something that can help us feel better, look better, and live longer. The problem is, exercise can be hard. It can be tough to get started and even harder to remain consistent with it. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible though.

Since January is such a popular month for starting to exercise, I decided that I would share some of the posts I’ve written in the past about this subject. Rather than being how-to-exercise posts (there are thousands of those out there already), these posts focus more on how we can find what works for us to start and maintain an exercise habit.

Several of these talk about exercising with fibromyalgia, but the tips in them can apply to anyone who’s just starting out.

Whatever your starting point, there are some things that almost universally apply:

  • Consult your doctor before starting.
  • Start small and progress slowly. This is hard – we all want quick results – but it’s more important to establish consistency first. Once you’ve done that, you can add on slowly.
  • Make it easier to engage in exercise. Block out time on your schedule, lay out your workout gear the night before, etc.
  • Do the types of exercise you actually like to do. This can help you stay consistent because you may actually look forward to working out.
  • Don’t depend on motivation; build habits. Our motivation can wax and wane, but habits can make it automatic to do the things that improve our wellness.

Exercise is so important to our overall wellness. It can impact both our physical and emotional wellness for the better but it can be hard to get started and stick with it. I hope these posts will give you some ideas for building your exercise habit and finding what works for you.

Do you have any exercise-related goals for this year? What helps you be successful with building and maintaining the exercise habit? Please share!



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Woman climbing stairs with text overlay: Starting/Building a Consistent Exercise Habit


  1. Starting small seems much more manageable, doesn’t it? I agree that the consistency of any healthy habit is really important. Once you get into the swing of things it becomes more comfortable, you’ll be more likely to stick with it and your body will respond better. You’ve included some great reference posts here too for more support. The start of a NY is often when people start with the best of intentions to improve their health in some way this is perfect timing. x

    1. You’re so right Caz! The more you do it, the easier it gets to stick with it, which means, as you said, “you’ll be more likely to stick with it and your body will respond better.” So many people start new exercise programs this time of year, and I just want to help them still be exercising in 12 months….😊 I hope your new year is off to a lovely start sweet friend. Sending hugs your way!

  2. Sometimes the thought of exercising is worse than the act of it. People might feel they need to do more than they’re able and it puts them off. But starting small and keeping it simple can make it easier to start and to maintain. You have some great tips in this post. Thank you.

    1. Thanks so much Liz! I agree with you that sometimes the thought of exercising is actually worse than actually doing it…. A lot of times, as you said, people think that in order to experience any benefits from exercise, they have to do more than they can realistically do, so they don’t do it. I think that’s why it’s so important to let people know it’s okay to start small. I hope your new year is off to a great start sweet friend. Sending hugs your way!

  3. I’ve been working out for over thirty years, and you’re right, exercise is nothing more than a healthy habit. Starting is the most difficult part, but once it becomes a regular part of your life, you can’t do without it. A great article, Terri.

    1. Thanks so much Mark! It really does become much easier to exercise once you’ve really the formed the habit of doing it, isn’t it? As you said, starting is the most difficult part. That’s why I am completely sold on starting small. After all, we can all do one small thing, can’t we? Hope you’re doing well my friend!

  4. To walk for an hour everyday all you need to do is start with 1 minute.
    Add 1 more minute everyday for 2 months. Thats it! 60 days can change your life and health forever. Seems like a small price to pay.

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