Habit 1: Exercise Daily
Everyone, I did it! I exercised for 7 consecutive days!!!
I feel proud of myself.
I started last Sunday. I picked a random upper body dumbbell workout video on YouTube and followed it. It’s not the smartest way to kick-start working out. I should’ve googled do’s-and-don’t’s for beginners, because the following day I was so sore I almost couldn’t lift a tall glass of water. I wasn’t sure if my loving husband was concerned or was mocking me when he asked, “how are you, are you dying???”, haha!
I don’t recommend starting the way I did, but I believe I have a minor case of analysis paralysis. If I tackled this the way I usually do other projects, I would study muscle groups first, read a million articles, and still not know what to do. So, I jumped in before I had the chance to overthink.
Anyway, despite the pain, I worked out the next day—again, by doing some random beginner bodyweight circuit workout I found on YouTube. I was in so much pain I probably only worked out for 7 minutes. There was a day when I just did 3 sets of 15-second knee planks and called it a day.
Several things contributed to my success this week:
I told myself, this is who you are now. You’re someone who exercises regularly.
It’s too soon to label myself ‘a person who exercises’ but I needed to put myself in that headspace. Whatever happens, I must exercise, because that’s who I am now (even if I haven’t developed the habit yet).
I want to survive the Big One, if it happens.
One of my fitness goals is to have a fighting chance of survival in case an earthquake happens. PHILVOLCS is saying we’re due for a big one and the series of earthquakes earlier this month made me anxious.
I live on the 33rd floor and the office I work in is on the 14th floor. How am I supposed to evacuate the building when climbing a flight of stairs already gets me winded?!
I decided to exercise as soon as I wake up.
There are a lot of conflicting information on whether it’s best to work out on a fast or to eat first. Eating will give me time to think and make up excuses to avoid working out so I don’t eat. As soon as I wake up, I drink a small amount of water and exercise. I look for whatever I feel like doing on YouTube and I do it. I didn’t have a workout plan because that was the least of my concerns. Remember, I overthink everything so I just focused on building the habit.
Towards the end of last week, I availed of Fitness Mobil’s services to make a training program for me. I didn’t want to spend money on this, but I’ll be busy with work in the next couple of weeks and I won’t have time to learn how to work out right. For now, I need to be spoon fed. I don’t want to lose momentum.
To know about my habit project, please read this: Year of Rae.
Next week’s habit: Sleep for at least 6 hours a day. I’m really aiming for 9 hours but I have to be realistic.
Categories: Health and Fitness