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Stop, drop and…

Maybe you are perfectly fit.  Maybe you do not need to lose any weight or get in better shape.  If so this post is not for you.

It is for the rest of us.

Obviously, your health is one of the most important things when it comes to being resilient.

The problem for a lot of people is finding the time and energy to do something about it.

You might tell yourself you ought to do some sit-ups before you go to bed, or you should stretch every morning for 10 minutes, but then never actually do it.   You might join a gym, but then not go.  Then you feel bad not only because you aren’t getting in shape, but also because you are wasting your money.

There are millions of reasons to avoid doing something about your health.  I have experienced everything I just listed.  I don’t have time.  I’ll start next week.  I don’t wanna!

What we need is just a bit of momentum in the right direction.  Once we get started, it is easier to keep going.  With that in mind, here is a tip a buddy of mine passed along that has been serving me beautifully:

Get your phone and go to the alarm section.  Most phones and even watches will let you set up multiple alarms.  If you do not have a device  that has multiple alarms, you can use google calendar.  It can send you text messages when you choose.  Set two to five alarms or reminders that will go off at times during the day that you are most likely to be able to exercise for two minutes.

Next, think about what one thing you most need that can be done in under two minutes.  Push-ups, sit-ups, lunges, body-weight squats, etc.    When the alarm goes off, no matter where you are (within reason), start your exercise.  Be like Pavlov’s dog.  When the bell rings, do your thing!

Here is an example:

I have three alarms set to go off at 10AM, 11AM and 2PM.  When they go off, I stop and do 20 push-ups.  Then I’m right back to what I was doing.  Throughout the day, I do 60 push ups and it seems to take no time out of my day.  I do this just five days a week.  If I stick with it, that will total 15,000 push ups in a year!

Here is another one if you want to work on your core strength:

Do one minute of plank, every hour on the hour, while you are at work.  Set your alarm to chime on the hour.  When you hear the alarm, do not think, just do.  Hit the floor for 60 seconds.  It’s a great way to get eight minutes of plank done, as well as strengthen your core big time.

Start with something easy.  Then you can move up to burpees.

This technique works because it gives you no time to talk yourself out of doing something, and it only takes one to two minutes!  Who can’t spare TWO minutes to get themselves in shape?

[I'm pausing to do 20 pushups...I'll time it....28 seconds later, I'm back writing my post.  How easy was that?]

You can do it too.

Take a minute now to set your alarms.

A small step in a new direction will give you momentum and lead to greater and greater things.

Have a great day.

 

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One Response to "Stop, drop and…"

  1. Great way to overcome exercise inertia, Trey. Anyone can do this, and it doesn’t take long to notice the benefits like better muscle tone and more energy.

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