Let’s talk about workouts. I’m by nature an all or nothing gal. This is an awesome thing because when I get devoted to something I go all in. It’s also a terrible thing because when I’m over it, there’s no trace of evidence that I ever participated. Workouts are no different. This has caused a lot of yo-yo exercise habits…but I think I just may have found a few things that will change all of that forever.
Usually after a season of inaction I will decide that I want to exercise (because I love it). The problem is that I have no chill. I will go from not exercising at all to training for a Spartan race. There’s a training called the “Couch to 5K”…but I took it a step further and went from the couch to a full marathon (26.2 miles) a few years ago. So of course I get injured or burned out and stop working out completely for months at a time. This has been my lifelong cycle – swinging between insane workout junkie to total inertia. Until now. Here are the two apps that have saved me from this crazy pattern of inconsistency and put me on a path to sweet persistence.
Pierre bought me a simple band for Christmas that monitors how many steps I take in a day. The goal is 10,000. At first it showed me how little I was actually moving. Now I am averaging 14k steps/day. I can add my friends who also have Fitbits and it ranks us according to how many steps we’ve taken in the past 7 days. There are also opportunities to challenge your friends to daily, weekly, or weekend showdowns to see who can get the most steps in. I’m lowkey competitive so this is super fun for me. Just to know that my daily activity is adding to my count makes me feel like I’m exercising all day long. It keeps me moving when I’d normally be sitting around. For extra motivation, I also use the Pact app which pays me money for completing my 10,000 steps/day – but charges me $5 for every day that I do not complete it. That’s motivating!
This app is so fun! It walks you through 12 different strength training exercises like pushups, crunches, and wall sits that you do for a minimum of 30 seconds each. After working intensely for hours at a time you would think this doesn’t satisfy, but it so does. I have committed to doing this daily and I see myself getting stronger already. You can do as many circuits in a row as you want, you can do it several times a day, you can increase the amount of time you do each exercise for, and you even get rewarded with new workout routines as you reach certain achievements within the app. My husband and kiddos love to do this workout with me.
I am forcing myself to stick with the simple things like taking 10,000 steps per day and working out for 7 minutes. Once I have those habits down I can increase it and do more…but I have to earn that. I don’t just get to jump from 0 to 100 overnight like I’ve done in the past. It has to be gradual to be long lasting. Good daily habits are worth doing over a lifetime. These two apps are pacing me and keeping me steady. If you’re like me and you’ve been on the workout yo-yo, I challenge you to scale it down and practice consistency. Doing something small over a long period of time will make a much bigger difference than doing huge things every once in a while.