On daily exercise

Daily exercise is something I’ve always wanted to do. In my mind it’s what fit people do. The reality of the benefits of exercise is you don’t have to do it daily to get what you need out of it. But I want to exercise daily.

I was able to workout daily for all 31 days in January and most of April. But for the most part, I’ve been working out 3 days a week for years. This has worked for me to get lean, get pregnant twice, have two babies, and recover twice.

But what I want is to have a sustainable daily workout habit. I attempted it in the month of April…but it was so hard. First, I came down with bronchitis and each time I would try to workout, I would cough so hard that it’ll feel like my lungs were about to exit my body. I took a few days off and broke my streak.

But I’m still trying at it.

Here’s the strategy that I’m going to try for the month of May…it’s one that I heard author Greg McKeown talk about on Matt D’Avella’s podcast The Ground Up Show.

I paraphrase but here’s what he said:

When building a habit, set limits. For example, if you want to write in your journal every day you can set limits of no less than 1 sentence and no more than 5 sentences.

Greg McKeown via The Ground Up Show

What this does is it makes it easier for you to win. Sticking with the journaling example, on days that you are tired, you can remind yourself that all you need to write is one sentence and head to bed. And on days that you’re revving to go, you write your five sentence and know that you’re done.

I’m going to try that strategy in the month of May to see how it works for me. Here are my limits and why:

  • No less than 15 minutes: It’s a great amount of time, and it’s the least amount of exercise that I need to do for my Apple watch to register it as a workout.
  • No more than 60 minutes: Honestly, I’d rather select 30 minutes for my upper limit. But, with the nice warm weather is back and we take a walk as a family on weekends that lasts about an hour.

So far, I’m 3 for 3 on this and we’ll see how far this goes.

Do you exercise daily? If so, how do you keep the motivation to keep showing up and how do you stay healthy.