When Adding is Subtracting: Grand Decluttering Challenge Day 9

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When Adding is Subtracting

Declutter Your Life by Exercising
Whoo, hey now you said this was a decluttering challenge. You did not say you were going to challenge me to add things to my life, and isn’t adding the opposite of decluttering?

Yes, we did say we were going to challenge you to declutter your life. And now that you have started to declutter your life there will be quite a bit of extra time. It is not good enough to get rid of one thing only to have something just as bad fill it’s place. We need to fill it with something that will help you in your fight against porn or whatever your addiction.

Add Exercise for More than just a Better Shape
We all know that you have to exercise and eat right to be fit but exercise does more for us then just keeping our body in shape. It helps our mental ability to deal with stress and have a more positive outlook on life.

Okay but How?
I have tried before and failed. This exercise thing is not new to me, I know that I need to exercise but I just can’t seem to stay with the plan. Well you are in luck I have something to help with that problem. I have been there before, so I know how it feels.

Three Keys to making Exercise Stick
Make S.M.A.R.T. Goals.
Specific – Don’t be afraid to write it down and post it somewhere in your house. Write down what you actually want to do. Writing that you want to be active will not be helpful.
Measurable – Make sure you are able to say without a shadow of doubt that you did your goal this week or not.
Attainable – If you have not worked out in a while do not plan on running a marathon after a week of starting your new exercise routine. Start small and you can work yourself up there. Rome was not built in a day.
Relevant – getting out of bed is not the first half of your daily situp. Make sure your exercise is actually keeping you active.
Time-bound – give yourself a time limit and see where you are after the time is up.
Log it right after you finish
Studies show that if you write about your exercise or what you ate in that specific day you are more likely to see the results of what you are doing.
Tell People
Let people know what you are doing, mother, father, friends, co-workers. The more people that know the better. The point here is that you will feel accountable to them and they may even ask you about how it is going. Then your goal will not be something that is easy to stop because you know other know you are doing it. Yeah it is personally placed peer pressure but it works.

When you start an exercise routine it will be more helpful to you then you anticipate.

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