I am not quite sure why but my relationship with exercise has been rocky. Up until recently, I’ve never been consistent with exercising. I believe it’s because I went about it all wrong. The biggest setback was setting unrealistic goals. I decided I’d wake up and go jogging so I can build up to running, everyday except Sunday. I did not take into account that I had not worked out in about 1 year, and did not decide on how long, how far or for what purpose. So that time around was a disaster. I quit in a week’s time. In business there is a tacit called the SMART model which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound. I did not know it at the time but this is what I did to set realistic goals in my life.

SMART: I decided I would walk one mile, at the nearby park on Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 4pm and Tuesday, Thursday Saturday at 7 am for 1 month. Walking over jogging helped to build working up to it. Very specifically, my plan was to walk 1 mile at the park on this day at this time. You don’t have to do anything fancy, like buying expensive equipment or exercise clothes. I would say invest in some quality walking shoes that fit well to prevent soreness or blisters.

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