How I Finally Got Myself to Workout (Almost) Every Day
There was only one thing that I did that finally let me consistently work out, and never miss a day. It wasn’t working out from home, it wasn’t P90x, and it wasn’t watching Youtube videos. Instead, it was a single question.
I asked myself,
“Instead of trying to workout two hours a day, what’s the easiest workout I could do – every day?”
Here’s how that question changed my life.
I Stopped Caring About 2 Hour Workouts and Instead Focused on The Habit
An interesting thing happens when you stop trying to do “more,” and instead, try to maximize your score by seeing how regularly you can do a habit.
Rather than feeling like I was wasting my time unless I spent two hours in the gym per day, I knew that if I focused more on consistency than volume I would get results.
And it would actually stick as a habit this time.
I Stopped Doing Gym Workouts I Hated, Since I Had to Think Long-Term
When I shifted to focusing on doing a habit every day, versus hammering out long workouts, another subtle shift occurred.
I stopped doing the things I disliked.
I stopped running.
I stopped doing intense, tabata cardio.
I stopped going to the trainer.
I realized that if I had to do something every day, even if it was just for a few minutes, then I would need to find something I enjoyed.
The irony is that we often think we will hate exercise, but after we do it, studies have shown that most of us feel awesome after.
It’s a lot like high school – when it’s test day, there’s tons of nerves and anxiety, and sometimes we think we did awful, but it usually ends up okay. Afterwards, we always feel great.
I Stopped Hating Myself for Not Doing Everything Perfectly
The worst part of trying to change your life (in any way) is often the pain that comes from constantly disappointing oneself.
We said we would go to the gym an hour a day. That was too much.
We said we would write in our novel an hour a day. Too tired.
We said we would wake up thirty minutes earlier to meditate every day. Definitely too tired.
We promised that we would eat better, save money and stretch after working out. So much work, when there’s already so much on the plate.
But when we don’t, there’s the inevitable pain of letting down oneself… again. The paradox of shifting to “the new question” is that every day is a win.
All we have to do is check off the box for the day. And then we won. No shame. No self-hatred. No disappointment.