Get Moving: Maintain your three workouts of at least 30 minutes. If the days and times you chose for Week 1 worked well, stick with those. If not, experiment with other days and times so that your non-negotiable workouts work for you.
Strength/Stretch: Twice this week take time for strengthening and stretching muscles. You can always tack this to the beginning or end of a cardio workout, while playing with your kids (you do push ups while they build Legos), or stretch during downtime while watching TV.
Bonus: Continue to sit less, get up more, drive less, walk more. Everything counts: walking to the mailbox instead of grabbing mail from the car, taking the dog for a walk instead of playing fetch, or making an extra trip upstairs for the laundry instead of trying to haul it all down at once.
Pep Talk: You jumped from four scheduled workouts to five a week. While you're only taking 30 minutes, the longer your workouts the better off your brain is at manufacturing those “feel good” hormones. That said, even if you only have 20 minutes to devote to exercise, you’re better off with a little exercise than none at all. Make sure you write down these “baby steps” toward fitness down in your calendar/exercise log. Continue to plug away: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” –Winston Churchill
Reward: You’re halfway through. While fitness might not feel like a habit just yet, you have lived two whole weeks with a fit lifestyle. Go ahead, brag about it. Call someone and tell them about this new change in your life.
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