2012 was a hard year for me. I rode my mountain bike less than I ever have, and after having my third son in March, I found very little time to get out and exercise.
I’ve always enjoyed getting out a couple of times a week for a two hour ride. But the reality is that I’m lucky if I can get out once a week. In 2012 I sometimes would go a month or more without getting out for a ride. Not good for my physical and mental health…
So, I’ve got to do things different. Starting today…
I’m starting a new habit. Daily exercise. Not much. Just 20 minutes a day. That’s it. And I used to think that meant hard cardiovascular, but I’m not going to be so rigid.
I’ve read before that one technique people try is to not break the chain. Today is the first link in the chain. I tried this a couple of years ago with some good success, but now I have to do it.
I’m probably in the worst shape I’ve ever been in, and if I wait until I can get out for 2 hour rides, it’s never going to happen!
I got back on the running bandwagon this week after reading and sharing this blog post at Zen Habits. Tonight I went for a 20 minute run, along with 5 minutes of breathing exercises. I’m attempting to make some permanent changes to the way I exercise. I tend to push myself to go faster, or longer, and end up plateauing and getting frustrated. I get in shape, then slowly loose it, get pissed that I’m not as fit as I want to be, and start up a regiment again.
For anyone that reads my blog, here is another exercise program that may help keep you on track to better health!
Extreme exercise programs like P90X, CrossFit, and Insanity will without a doubt kick you into the best shape of your life in a very short amount of time—but only if you stick with their crazy-for-most routines. The majority of people (trainers I’ve spoken with say something like 9 out of 10) give up on these workouts because they’re really intense and require an hour almost every day to do them.
We’ve created a workout that borrows a few of the best ideas from these popular, though extreme, fitness programs, but tailored the workout to be easier for the average person to stick with, and we’ve plugged it into Fleetly, a group exercising webapp and iPhone app, so we can all work towards a shared goal of getting fit. It’s equipment-free, it’s something anyone can incorporate in their day regardless of their current fitness level, but it’s still about incorporating fitness in your life. This is The Lifehacker Workout.
Today I was reading through my Google Reader feeds and came across an article that I just have to share with you.
Earlier in the year, I wrote about how I had decided to try out exercising every day as a parallel challenge to my PostaDay2011 Challenge that I am a part of. I kept it up for a while, but eventually gave up. It’s has bugged me that I stopped my daily exercise.
With a baby coming up in the New Year, I have to come up with a better plan to maintain my health, whether it be my physical or mental health. Exercise is key to me feeling my best. So I decided to put on my runners tonight and go out for a short run. It was only 4km, but that’s the point. I don’t need to have a long distance goal, just the goal to put on my runners and get out the door.
If you are at all looking to make some changes is your life, I recommend reading the Zen Habits article and see if it can help you.
Changing your life can seem an incredibly tough and complicated thing, especially if you’ve failed a great number of times like I did, found it too hard, and resigned yourself to not changing.But I found a way to change.And I’m not any better than anyone else, not more disciplined, not more motivated. I just learned a few simple principles that changed my life.I’ve written about them many times, but realized they’re spread out all over the site.Here is how I changed my life, in a nutshell.