This is day 2 of the first edition of the book 2 Weeks to Health, a 2-week course designed to kick start a healthier life. The expanded and reworked second edition is set to be released in the summer of 2018.
Thinking and doing are two very different things.
Yes, you read today’s title correctly. Stop reading this and go to the gym, go for a walk, run up and down the stairs, play soccer with your kids, go do something active for at least ten minutes and then come back and read the rest. (If you’re at the office then I suppose it is okay to read this first and then go do something active after work.)
—– Go get some exercise, then continue reading. ——
Welcome back, how are you feeling (excluding my friends at the office who should be doing work and not reading right now, but I don’t blame you)? Tired? Sore? Accomplished? Probably all of the above. That’s how I want you to feel: tired, sweaty, but ready for the next workout because it makes you feel fantastic. Now that you completed the first workout with this two week course, I need you to continue to exercise every day. You may be asking ‘what should I do? All of these machines at the gym are so complicated’, or ‘I don’t even have a gym membership, how can I work out at home?’ We will talk more about workout planning tomorrow, but today you already accomplished the first two goals.
The first goal was the biggest step, not letting me scare you on day 1. Congratulations, you are already beating most of my readers! The second goal is starting now. The biggest challenge most people have is starting and then keeping their momentum. Depending on your goals and your current fitness level, your workouts will differ from your friends, family, and the gym rats. But the secret is it doesn’t matter what workout you are planning to do if you don’t do it.
Today you started, and I am now challenging you to workout/exercise every day until I tell you to (spoiler, it is day 7). I want you to have at least twenty minutes of activity from day 2 through day 6. If right now you can only squeeze in 5 to 10 minutes of exercise then that’s okay, but you can’t take a day off. The goal is to build momentum and to begin to form healthy habits. Once you get into a routine you should feel accomplished from your workouts and you will want to keep exercising. You are going to start feeling great just because you are committing yourself to your health.
Tomorrow we will discuss some of the basics of workout planning and the options that are available to you. In the meantime, have you ever wandered into the cat section of YouTube and been trapped watching kittens for hours? Me too, but there is an equally great motivational videos side of YouTube that you should check out.