How to Start a Workout Habit

A teacher once told me that it is far easier to form a habit than to break one. Even if you get rid of some (the h), you still have “a bit” left over. He, of course, was discouraging bad habits in our developing minds but I am reminded of it every time I hear someone complain about finding time to exercise. When you make being active a habit, it becomes less about finding time and more about making time.

There are many theories on just how long it takes to form a habit. Some say 21 days, some say 40. Science has proven habits can form in as little as 18 while for some it takes 254!! No matter what science tells us though, the habit of exercise will never form if you don’t take that first step.

People are often surprised to hear that I have 5 children and still find time to be fit.

I love to involve my children into my fitness routine. It is recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of active play in a day; adults would benefit greatly from the same advice. The Jones Center offers a wide variety of kid geared classes like dance, gymnastics, Aikido, hockey and ice skating lessons. While the kids are busy, you can exercise in the fitness center, join a group fitness class like Spin, Zumba or Yoga. When you are both done, hit the leisure pool! Did you know that the Jones Center is a park-and-ride location for the Razorback Greenway? You can take advantage of Northwest Arkansas’s beauty while still having access to a secure parking location and clean amenities. Take hikes, go for a bike ride or swim, break it down in an after dinner dance party, just get moving. Before you know it, that habit will form and you will look forward to making time for fitness.

Not sure how to get started? The trainers at the Jones Center offer a monthly class just for you!

Fitness 101 is a new, monthly program designed to walk members through the fitness center and explain the basics of the equipment. We also offer personal training sessions to help jump start your fitness journey. While we are currently focusing on our Iron Man Challenge, in the coming weeks you will start to see information a 5k running program. Beginner or advanced, all are welcome to join our 6-week challenge ending with a full 5k race. We will offer group runs and coaching throughout the challenge.

I look forward to seeing you all around the center forming positive habits!

Guest blogger: Betsy McCall, Fitness Coordinator