Get Moving: Schedule three workouts that get your body moving for at least 30 minutes. Go for a walk, a run, a ride, inline skate, ski, swim. Go for it! Choose something you want to do and schedule it (even if you have to set the alarm clock a little earlier) for three days during this first week. Make these workouts non-negotiable.
Strength/Stretch: At least once this week focus on strengthening and stretching muscles. Options here might include getting to a Pilates class, checking out a yoga book with illustrations that you can follow along to, or lifting milk jugs in your kitchen and lunging down the hallway.
Bonus: Consider how much you sit throughout the day and how you can change sedentary ways into activity. If you work at a desk, take breaks to stand up and stretch; stop using elevators or escalators; walk more, whether it's down the hall, across the parking lot, or to replace driving altogether.
Pep Talk: If your workouts are 30 minutes each session, that’s only two hours you need to carve out for fitness. You can handle this! If you’re feeling overwhelmed just take it one workout at a time and tell yourself it’s only 30 minutes. In the words of Rene Descartes: “Divide each difficulty into as many parts as necessary to resolve it.”
Reward: You exercised four times this week! What's more, you're taking steps to be more active throughout your day. If you weren’t exercising at all before that’s quite a leap. Even for occasional exercisers, that suggests a commitment to fitness is in the works. Acknowledge this success by being proud of yourself.
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