I’ve mentioned on this blog that I wanted to start exercising in a way that was conducive to my life. Meaning…it had to resemble brushing my teeth, something I would not have to make a decision about, consider, hem and haw over, wonder if today was the day I’d swim or hike or go to yoga or what have you.
I made it as easy on myself as possible. At the beginning of June, I joined the local gym and did the bare minimum. But (I told myself) I had to do the bare minimum five days a week to develop a bonafide, regular, healthy habit.
The point was to
- not have to think about it
- schedule no more than ½ hour
- be easy enough to keep at it regularly and have enough energy to get through the rest of my day
Here is what I’ve been doing every week since the beginning of June:
Monday– 10 minutes elliptical to warm-up, 10 minutes leg weights, 10 minutes abs and stretch
Tuesday– 10 minutes ellipitcal to warm-up, 10 minutes arm weights, 10 minutes abs and stretch
Wednesday– swim 30 minutes at local pool
Thursday– 10 minutes elliptical to warm-up, 10 minutes leg weights, 10 minutes abs and stretch
Friday– 10 minutes ellipitcal to warm-up, 10 minutes arm weights, 10 minutes abs and stretch
Weekend– walk the dog, take a hike or rest
I get up in the morning, have my coffee and a piece of fruit, drop my son off at his high school and go directly to the gym first thing. I like to get it out of the way. If I happen to miss one day, so what, I don’t try to make up anything, I just continue with the MTWThF schedule.
Here is the depressing part…I actually gained weight the first couple of months! And here is the good news… I’m stronger, feel better, sleep more soundly and make healthier food choices. My doctor said that eventually, I’d see the pounds drop off. Regardless, my clothes are fitting better.
The key is to automate it. Even on days I don’t want to go, I don’t think about it too much, just get dressed in my workout clothes and that’s half the battle right there. I don’t have to wonder what type of exercise, when I will do it, or whether I feel up to it or not. Pretty much it’s like this: Monday? Legs day! Tuesday? Arms day! Wednesday? Swimming! And so on and so forth.
How to you stay motivated to exercise?