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I keep my phone handy so that I can get a weather forecast. If it says it might rain, I’ll keep a raincoat in hand. In case the run gets a little to hard for me, I keep good music on my phone so I can just power through the run and keep my mind off things. I’ve also made it so that I won’t feel lazy by doing part of my chores as I jog (I come home from my jog with groceries or things I need for that day). That way I’ll always have a reason to run.
The first step of my habit is definitely to stretch. I do this at my front door before I start running. I also jog in place to loosen up before starting to move. At that point, I’m rarely tempted to turn back. What I really had trouble with was motivation, but I kept the habit small so that it isn’t hard at all to do.
My Mantra is “I don’t forget to jog every morning.”
Thanks, MayBelle! I showed my son your message and he got a little shy. Hahahahha! I do hope he gets the message though, but there’s no rush coz he isn’t quite old enough to be out at the times I do my jogging.
For Triggers, I use an alarm clock. It’s what I use to consistently wake up at 4Am and jogging is the immediate first agenda. I also already have my own calendar to track my progress with. I am making my habit easier to do by having my running clothes prepared by the bed before I start running. I don’t quite plan to test other triggers soon because I really could only come up with one. I do have other habits though. I help my kids with homework and study with them every Saturday Morning. I shop for groceries Saturday afternoons, I also take my family to a nice dinner every Saturday Evening. I go to church every Sunday Morning and on that afternoon I visit my parents (sometimes with my kids).
When my wife and I were married, we hired a professional make-up artist for her too! I wish you the best of luck with your endeavours.
The smallest way I can start my habit is to run around my neighbourhood’s block for 30 minutes. I can add half a minute to the duration every day until my jogging habit is 1 hour and 30 minutes long. After that, I will increase the number of laps I can go every month while still maintaining the 1 hour and 30-minute time limit. I cannot break the habit into multiple sets as I have many responsibilities even in the weekends. I also have other habits I need to keep up with.