Staying Active Starts at Home

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If you want change to last, start at home. A study of more than 6,000 people who had been successful keeping weight off revealed that the most effective and sustainable changes start in the home. 

Ninety-two percent of the participants in this study found a way to exercise in their homes. Whether you use a treadmill, elliptical machine, stair stepper, or video-based aerobic program or exercise out in your neighborhood, your home is a great place to build an active lifestyle.

This study also revealed that 78 percent of the participants ate breakfast every day, which is much easier to do if you establish a routine at home. Another 75 percent of the most successful group weighed themselves once a week. The fourth most common habit, identified by two- thirds of people in this study, was watching less than 10 hours of television per week.

As you can see from the common threads of those who successfully kept weight off, most of these habits revolve around what goes on at home. This is where we construct our daily defaults, for better or worse. When you want to establish a new routine that benefits your health, start with what goes on where you live.

Start with a few small adjustments. Set your workout gear next to your bed at night so you barely have to get up to get rolling. If you drink coffee, set your coffee maker on a timer so you wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. If going to the gym is an obstacle, build your routine around an at-home workout. Turn activity into the path of least resistance.

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