Who subscribed to a one-year gym membership and only went there once a month? Yours truly! You guessed it: the gym and I, well, we don’t really get along that well.
It’s not that I don’t like working out, it’s just that I always manage to find excuses not to go: it’s either too early or too late, I either need to work or rest, it’s either too cold or too hot… Just like for many resolutions I pick up, it seems like there will always be some divine obstacle between my dream body and me. Can anyone else relate?
But this needed to stop. My body needed the post-workout adrenaline kick and glow. As a desperate measure, I decided to take on a simple 10-minute daily fitness challenge to push myself out of my comfort zone.
Here is what I did in one month, and how it changed my everyday life.
Week 1: Setting Up The Routine
I knew my needs were extremely basic: I wasn’t interested in a weight-loss program nor in toning a particular body part, all I wanted was to build aconsistent habit.
How? Science had the answer. According to the book “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg, to build a habit you need to ensure the following:
- A trigger, to initiate the behavior,
- A routine, refers to the action,
- A reward, because we all like celebrating our achievements, right?
With these information in mind, I decided on my daily fitness plan! *drum rolls*
An attainable goal was necessary, instead of 20 minutes, I’ll only do 10 minutes of uninterrupted exercise. The triggers would be a jump rope and a pair of sneakers kept next to my bed. On the other hand, the routine (and reward!) would be different every day since I’m easily bored.
The first week was actually a bit harder than expected. The exercises I did in the first twoweeks were basic AF, but unsurprisingly, I was out of breath very fast. The workout was a mix of stretches, jump rope, squats, standing knee raises, pushups, and crunches. Something I could do in the living room of our apartment.
The first week was powered by the fierce motivation of changing my life upside down. Was I feeling sore? Nah! Was I feeling happy that I was finally doing something I’ve been putting off for an enternity? Oh yeah!