Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


Why I Decided to Let Myself Take the Elevator Instead of the Stairs. At the Gym.

January 4th, 2016

Episode 193 of 540 episodes

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to “exercise more,” and I’m no exception. Although I’m a natural couch potato, I’d managed to form the long-standing habit of going to the gym regularly — and then we got our delightful puppy Barnaby. And suddenly my habit was gone. Fortunately for me, I’d written a whole book about habits, Better Than Before, so I understood what had happened. The “Clean Slate” of my new relationship with our puppy, and the changes caused by taking care of him, had wiped my habit away — even though it was a habit I’d been following for years. A few weeks ago, as I was telling my my sister about this problem, in episode 41 of our podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, it suddenly hit me: to make it easier to get back in the habit of gym-going, I needed to make gym-going more convenient. It was time to switch to a different gym, one that was close to our apartment instead of being near my daughters’ school. So, as I describe in episode 42, I did switch gyms. In fact, because I hate doing that kind ...

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