These days my focus is on just one habit – but it’s a big one : Becoming a Regular Exerciser.

What is “Regular” exercise?

It’s important to define what “Regular” exercise means to you.  For me, it’s about getting enough extra movement on regular basis to have good cardiovascular health and to be able to do the things I want to do in life.

I am someone who has pretty much always struggled with exercise.  It’s not ingrained in me, it’s not a habit I grew up with.  I don’t have any sports which are hobbies. I don’t bike to work.

For me Exercise requires Effort, and that’s been a big barrier.

My Definition of Regular Exercise

I have a definition of the acceptable minimum level of Regular Exercise which is adapted to my life and my level of fitness.  Each of us probably needs to define this for ourselves, and we probably need to re-evaluate it from time to time.

  • 3 times a week during travel weeks
  • 4 times a week during non-travel weeks

I count an exercise “session” when I get to the gym (usually for 45 minutes, but sometimes less, sometimes more), or when I walk at least 45 minutes (usually an hour), and sometimes I count a day as “exercise” if I’ve walked over 10,000 steps on my pedometer. If I swim, hike or go for a bike ride (all infrequent) I might count those as well.

I’m not super strict about what I count, and I think it’s more important to get in the habit of purposely moving my body more often than to worry about how long I’m doing it.  Still, most of those times I sweat.  Sometimes I just go for a long walk.

My definition is the one that works for me – it’s not coming out of some diet book, or government recommendation.  I fall short of a lot of official guidelines.

But it’s achievable for me, even a stretch for me most of the time, and it’s surely better to routinely exercise at this level instead of giving up because I can’t  get 60 minutes of sweat-inducing exercise into my life every day.   I’m a big believer in achievable goals & baby steps, and if that’s not good enough for somebody’s recommendation I frankly don’t care – because it IS good enough for ME.

Working towards a goal is Optional

For some people, Regular Exercise might be working towards a goal like climbing a certain mountain or running a race or lifting a specific amount of weight.

For me there is no goal like that – I just want to live a healthy life and be able to do the things I enjoy.  I want to be able to go on hikes with my family, I want to be able to help carry something moderately heavy, I want to be able to bend & play, but I’m signing up for running marathons or anything.

Once Again Becoming a Regular Exerciser

  • I’m now 7 weeks into this routine as a regular exerciser (started October 11th)
  • I’ve actually met my “regular exercise” criteria twice as many weeks as I missed this year (32 weeks met, only 16 weeks missed)
  • My missed periods all have excuses explanations
    • April : IVF
    • August : vacation
    • September & early October : new job, other worries
  • Last year despite a cancer diagnosis I made it past 6 months consecutive “regular exercise” (fell off at surgery…)
  • I am really clear on why I want to be a regular exerciser.
  • I’ve done my homework into the personal benefits I get from exercise.

What About You?

Are you a regular exerciser?

What’s your definition for yourself on regular exercise?


Enjoy the holidays without sabotaging yourself : pledge No Gain Holidays


Create a New Habit : Critical Moves For Exercise

November 10, 2010 Featured

Trying to make a regular behavior into a habit My Big Goal these days is to become a Regular Exerciser. Right now I’m going into what should be my 5th consecutive week of “Regular Exercise”. I’m trying to develop this new behavior into more than something I push myself to do, I want it to […]

6 comments Read more →

My Personal Benefits of Exercise

October 26, 2010 Move

photo credit: ZenNomad Major Goal : Regular Exercise I’m still working on this goal of becoming a regular exerciser.  Last week I wrote about why I want to become a regular exerciser , a post which addressed my motivations and touched on the benefits of exercise as a part of my life.  In coming weeks […]

10 comments Read more →

Why I Want To Become A Regular Exerciser

October 15, 2010 Featured

photo credit: Mait Jüriado Lately I’ve been resisting exercise and I’ve decided to dig into this resistance some.   This week I made my weekly goals all about exercise (only about exercise, in fact). One of the writing prompts I left for myself was to explore WHY I want to become a regular exerciser.  In future […]

10 comments Read more →

Walk With Me : Walking Motivation

August 10, 2010 Move

Several months ago my stepson received a new Nintendo DS game.  Some crazy Japanese critters, Pokémon something (I don’t remember which game – they all confuse me greatly, I’m amazed kids can keep them straight).  What interested me was the 2 inch plastic cookie-shaped thing that itcame with, called a “PokéWalker”. It’s a little gadget […]

17 comments Read more →

Get More Exercise : Plateau Action Plan

July 2, 2010 Move

Scale is stuck I guess I’m not technically in a Plateau, since I did lose weight last week, but the enormous frustration of being one measly pound away from my mini-goal of 189 (and that purse) & instead seeing the scale go UP instead of down (or even staying the same) despite a good week […]

10 comments Read more →

What do you do when you are really STRESSED?

June 5, 2010 Move

Today I did something that made me prouder than pretty much anything I’ve done all year. I had a stressful day Despite the miscarriage of 2 weeks ago my morale is holding up pretty well & I’ve not fallen into a depression, but the constant wait-hope-wait-hope cycle wears me down and I know I’m not […]

7 comments Read more →

Would you be more successful if you were paid to lose weight?

June 3, 2010 Motivate

What if you were paid to do what you want to do anyway? Companies are starting to pay their employees to successfully lose weight, exercise & do other healthy behaviors. This article says that the money involved is between $100-500 a year – which isn’t enough to pay for a family vacation, but it could […]

9 comments Read more →

The Wonder of Springtime in Paris

May 18, 2010 Move

I know you’ve probably heard the expression “Springtime in Paris” but unless you’ve been here during that time you may not know how absolutely glorious it can be. It’s hard to imagine a better environment to go for a walk, get some exercise & generally enjoy healthy living! My seventh year in Paris I’ve lived […]

14 comments Read more →

Small steps forward

February 3, 2010 Move

Well, this week’s travel has gone well. Nowhere very exciting – I’m in a suburb of Munich Germany, where I come every 2 weeks or so.  I just wasn’t traveling for 6 months last year while I dealt with my health.  It’s not my favorite spot on earth, but it’s okay.  The hotel where I […]

11 comments Read more →

Conflicting views of exercise

January 14, 2010 Move

I confess to being one of those people who hold a few conflicting beliefs around exercise. I think exercise is really important to health But I think weight loss is 90% about what we eat (and how much) I don’t believe that weight loss is as simple as ‘calories in, calories out’, i.e. I don’t […]

13 comments Read more →

Morning exercise

January 7, 2009 Move

For 2 days in a row now I’ve managed to get in morning exercise. I don’t think it makes much difference to your metabolism whether you exercise in the morning or later in the day – but I think it makes a big difference in how likely you are to do it. As the day […]

7 comments Read more →

I made it to the gym, finally

November 22, 2008 Move

I have had in mind coming back to healthy eating AND exercising but frankly the healthy eating thing has been a pretty big change from how I’ve been eating for weeks, or even months…  And so I felt pretty justified in putting off the exercise thing a bit.  But a series of work-from-home days this […]

6 comments Read more →

Great, I’ll take it!

July 14, 2008 Move

I got on the scale this morning and was down one pound from last Monday.  Great, I’ll take it. Especially because for the first time in a long time I’m feeling like what I’m doing now is decreasing the stress in my life and is enjoyable.  If I can live like this and lose weight, […]

5 comments Read more →


July 10, 2008 Move

I am living that song : movin’ movin’ movin’ I have been bit by the exercise bug, and I am really happy about it. I got some unexpected free time last night and the thing that jumped into my head was to go to the pool (I did). Today I organized getting to several appointments […]

4 comments Read more →