In the Hallway
Keep Your Gear in Sight
If you exercise outside or at the gym, carve out a place in your entryway for your walking shoes or fully packed gym bag; you want a visual cue that your stuff is ready when you are.
Then turn that cue into a healthy habit by creating a written plan to post next to the door, says Charles Duhigg, the author of The Power of Habit ($28, amazon.com). (For Duhigg’s handy fill-in-the-blank form, go to charlesduhigg.com.) Include the cue, the action you want to take, and a tangible reward so that your brain will make positive associations with that action. For instance: “When I come home from work and see my walking shoes [that’s the cue], I’ll take a half-hour walk [the action] and then have a nice long bath [the reward].” In a week, the behavior should start to become a new routine.