Why is it hard to exercise?

I have been thinking about this question for a while. It is hard to build a routine that includes a solid exercise routine, but it is possible. I have been working to overcome this challenge for myself for the past few years, and still working on it. But I know what the challenge is, I know why it is hard to exercise.

The answer is: HABITS. Human beings are creatures of habits. A habit is a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up. I am reminded of the quote “The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” That’s exactly what makes exercising hard, until it has become a habit. 

In my case for example, I have more habits formed that do not contribute to me maintaining an optimally functioning body than otherwise, which is why I am running this blog and constantly striving to be better. What brought it to my awareness is observing my patterns of behaviors. I have noticed for example that I drink more water when I am in the office than when I am at home. There are a few more similar patterns I have developed that make it a challenge to exercise, but I am better for them because I know what they are. I have a few ideas on how to develop better habits that will make exercising easier, but those will be ideas and words until I take consistent and regular action.

Having a hard time exercising? Observe and hack your habits. Therein lies the problem, and the solution!