My exercise streak is paying off
Friday, May 20, 2011
I can hardly believe it myself but I have mananged to keep up an exercise streak of over 60 days now. My goal is just 10 minutes a day but usually I do way more, like for instance last night I went for a 75 minute walk with my neighbor.
This streak came about as a result of reading "The Spark." Sparkguy Chris points out that setting up a streak of just 10 minutes of exercise/day will help you to learn consistency. He did the same thing himself when he was just starting out. He once did a streak of 200 days of exercise. I think he is so right with this technique.
I have always struggled with consistency, especially with exercise. I would set lofty exercise goals for myself and stick with it for a while but always get derailed when I didn't meet my goals and then I would basically give up for a while. That is until I would get motivated again. I'm sure most of us can relate to this kind of pattern.
I think my exercise streak has been successful mainly because my goal is only 10 minutes per day. There have been days where 10 minutes is all I do. (But you would be amazed how many Swiss ball/dumbbell exercises you can actually do in 10 minutes.) Setting an easily obtainable goal and meeting it each day is so empowering!
I also like Sparkguy's reasonable attitude about what would happen if you "goofed up" your streak by missing a day. He says you just set up a new streak and keep going! Of course!
I also would like to add that my attitude towards exercise has shifted for the better. Instead of viewing exercise as something I have to do, I find myself instead thinking more along the line of "let's see, what would I like to do today to get my exercise?" And when I'm done "I think "wow, that felt good" and "I did it!!"
Finally, I am also noticing that my consistent exercise is paying off in ways I didn't expect. Instead of feeling all out of shape this spring, I actually found I have been able to do a fair amount of gardening and yard work without ending up all stiff and sore and with my back bugging me. And my first little bike ride of the season (4 miles) didn't tucker me out.
So now I'm looking at ways I can use this same idea of setting a do-able goal and consistently meeting it in other areas of my life. This week I set up a goal of flossing my teeth everyday. My dental hygienist will also appreciate that one, LOL