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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
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  • MPENNE
    This blog is very helpful. I have a better idea of how to change my attitude about exercising. I guess I should reread The Spark. I always fall back on the excuse that if I had an exercise buddy I could do it. But since I don't have that I just need to move on. This is what I love about SP I never know what I will find that is so helpful.

    Thanks

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    3605 days ago
  • COMPUCATHY
    Streaks are awesome...something for me to think about...thanks for the food for thought! Congrats on the 60-day streak! Keep up the good "work"...or should I say fun! Hope you have a great day! Spark on! emoticon
    3628 days ago
  • JUNEBUGG02
    That is so wise. I tend to think that if I can't do 30 min, don't bother. You are inspiring me to do a little, and then keep going if I have the time. Thanks for sharing!
    3638 days ago
  • HSMOM2FOUR
    Wow! You are doing a fantastic job!! 60 days is awesome!! I'm feelin' the need to get my own streak going! :)
    3640 days ago
  • RUNNERGIRL60
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Congrats 60 days!!!! Great job! Im looking forward to hearing about more days! Keep it up!!!!
    3640 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6675752
    60 days straight of anything is awesome, but doing exercise is completely amazing and you are really fantastic to keep focused on that goal! I do like the 10 minute streak as a way to start something new! Keep going and see how far you can take this streak of yours!

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    3640 days ago
  • NHGRL68
    60 days is really an AWESOME streak! It must be so nice to see all the hard work and consistency paying off for you. Thanks so much for sharing with us! emoticon emoticon
    3640 days ago
  • POLK-A-DOTS
    Congrats on your 60 days! I love streaks! I just fell off one, and am currently still dusting off my pants, so I can get back on the streaking train! Thanks for the motivation...you are so right...just begin a new streak!
    3640 days ago
  • LISA0517
    I definitely relate to the pattern you talked about! I would start out with the big guns, go all out, and then give up because what I was trying to do wasn't doable for me. I like the consistency goal. And 10 minutes feels so doable!
    3641 days ago
  • HARRIET8AL
    I love the idea of setting spark streaks. I never tried it before but started last week. Exercise is not my problem, food is. So, portion control is my first streak. Love your idea of setting streaks for other areas of life emoticon
    3641 days ago
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