I had a great habit a couple years ago of walking in the mornings. When I say walk, it was a fast paced 60 to 90 minutes all over town. I’d come back covered in sweat and out of breath. I also came back with determination and clarity about my goals for the day. I was healthier and happier after the walks. Things happened and I got away from that habit. Here’s how I’m restarting it.
First, I’m starting small. I leave the house with the intention of a 20 minute mosey instead of a 60 minute power walk. As this becomes a habit, I’ll lengthen the duration and up the intensity.
Second, I make it as easy as possible. My sweats and sneakers are all set so I can grab them and go without walking up anyone in the house.
Third, I have a secondary goal in mind. For today, I wanted to take the above picture. On other days, I went to see how a neighbor’s new landscaping was coming in. On another, I walked by a house for sale my wife mentioned.
Fourth, I combined walking with another morning task. One of the things that got in the way of me walking is that I also started writing in the morning. By walking to get the above picture and plotting out in my head what I was going to write, I was able to accomplish both goals. By combining a couple of tasks, usually one that you want to do with one that you should do, you are much more likely to get both done. Another example is when my wife and I used to go out for Indian buffets for Sunday brunch. That was before kids by the way. We really enjoyed it be a buffet is heavy on the calories. Therefore, we combined walking with the brunch by walking to the restaurants.