Well not this year! This year is different. Why?, you ask. Because you are part of the family at Coastal Motion Fitness and I am the one with the crazy (but completely real) resolution.
365 Days of Exercise. No excuses. And, I want to invite you on this journey with me. One thing I can tell you is that I’m hard headed and have a very strong will to stick to my goals. So, yes…No excuses.
Whether you join me or not, you will be a part of it because I am going to blog everyday about what I have done.
You are sitting there saying “this is easy for her – she owns the studio and teaches us!”. Wrong! I’m not teaching everyday. I’m not in the studio everyday. So, how will I get something in everyday?
Follow me….below is my breakdown for my success (and yours if you choose to take this journey with me);
This is worth reading slowly and thinking about if you are struggling in your life with making exercise a lifestyle and daily routine. I hope you think about it then move into action!
- Lack of Specifics? On first glance, just saying you are going to “do something” all year for 30 minutes a day sounds like a plan that would fail, but anything beyond simple, and I feel like I would fail. And stressful–even for the trainer! Hence, I stripped it down the bare essentials–30 minutes of dedicated exercise per day of some sort of movement.
Variety: You’re supposed to get weekly cardio, strength, and flexibility. My plan is to just use variety– do some of this and some of that. You can have the best laid plan… but c’mon we’re talki’ 365 days. Unless I’m racing, I don’t use progressions of macro cycles, micro cycles, or get hung up on any other complications for general fitness. I’d rather spend my time working out instead of tracking the workouts!
7 Days Per Week: Did you know Jack LaLanne has exercised seven days a week for over 50 years! Even by my standards, this is extreme, but he made a point and got me thinking. I had to ask myself–is exercising each and every day better for my health or would it be worse because of the stress and pressure of trying to never miss a single day? For purposes of stress reduction, I am deciding to proceed with the daily plan with a twist. The twist is I will never put a requirement on intensity or mode of exercise–I will just do something. I figure an easy walk for 30 minutes is better than sitting around stressing about money, kids and work.
Overtraining & Burnout? A lot of people are asking me if what I am going to doing is healthy because I will never have a day off. My answer is yes–but only because I am not going hard all the time. I used to go hard nearly every day when I trained for Tri’s. Now, for purposes of general health and fitness, I just go! You need to understand that many of my workouts will be just casual walks on the bike path or in the neighborhood. Again…. 365 days people! Doing something this easy does NOT require a day of rest or time off! Easy walking IS rejuvenating, so why would I need a day off from something that is restful in the first place? I don’t! Just move. Keep it simple. It will all workout just fine.
30 Minutes Minimum Duration: I chose 30 minutes because this is the basic recommendation for daily exercise. If I get more, great, and many times I will, I’m sure.
Intensity: There is NO requirement on how hard! As long as I am doing something that is “dedicated” EXERCISE, this will meet my goal. That said - exercise for 30 minutes–period. Slow, moderate, fast, easy, hard…it doesn’t matter as long as I am doing it.
Mode or Type of Exercise: It doesn’t matter!
“EXERCISE” vs. Activity or House Chores: This is probably one of my biggest points to make–I am making 30 minutes per day ONLY for exercise. I thought about counting random chores around the house, parking further away from the mall entrance, taking the stairs at work, mowing the lawn, raking the leaves, or any other utilitarian-type tasks. But I am not counting those. Why? Because I see too many people using house chores as an excuse to not do anything harder. The chores around the house and random walking around the office become more of an excuse than a method to significantly improving fitness. A textbook definition of exercise is: “to practice, strengthen, or condition the human body through physical activity–more deliberate than just general activity.” My suggestion is this–DEDICATE true EXERCISE time each day. If you have to mow the lawn and it’s hard–great! But you’d be mowing the lawn regardless of needing to exercise. There is a higher level of dedication to health when you specifically set time aside to EXERCISE instead of just counting this and that, because doing it that way is usually just a cop out. Interestingly, “exercise” has become a bad word to many and not politically correct. We now refer to just being physically active instead of exercising for fear of turning someone off. It is what it is! Physical activity is one thing–exercise is another…and better! Exercise is not a bad word–it’s one of the best words! Don’t just be active–EXERCISE! It’s truly a higher level. You can BS or lie to yourself all day, but at the end of the day are you better off for not exercising? That is the question you will have to live with–and maybe die with. The choice is yours. The choice is mine.
Results: TBD… December 31, 2012
The Discipline: I’ll be honest, it was hard to never miss a day of exercise all year! Do the right thing for your health by exercising, and you’ll reap the benefits of health. Don’t BS yourself. FORCE the fitness if you have to, but get it done.
I hope this will help some of you become more regular with daily exercise in the least, but I hope some will join me in this journey as well. My journey can be yours. The choice is yours. We are all busy with work and family, but the body needs maintenance and support no matter what is in our daily calendar. Even if your workout schedule is not seven days per week, make sure it’s MOST DAYS of the week!