Saturday, February 5, 2022

The power of the minimum workout

I live on an island that is 18 miles long, and less than a mile wide at points.  Needless to say, if you are going to go for a walk a lot of it is straight out, and straight back.

One technique that helps me stay motivated is to mark out what is the shortest walk to still be worth doing.  For me it's about a mile, but that is a personal thing.  

The power here is that on days where I don't feel motivated, I can usually just drag myself onto the short minimum workout.  Often then the individual workout turns into more once I warm up.  

This minimum workout has the effect of turning a series of unmotivated days into a building sequence, starting small, and moving up.  This is the way it should be rather than having large swaths of blank days on the calendar with no workouts.