I hope everyone is gathering their things together for the start of the 2013 100 Days Challenge. I’ve got a brand new pair of Brooks shoes and Superfeet insoles ready to go. I’ll write the date on the shoes and insoles to remind me of when this started.
I also know that the idea of doing ANYTHING for 100 days is a row is more than some people can wrap their heads around. So, for those of you who just can’t quite commit to a 100 days program I’m proposing 2 other ways to jump start their activity for 2013.
The first program is just that; jump start. If your fitness program is as dead as a dead battery you need to find someone with more “juice” than you have and get them to give you a jump start. Call a friend, a colleague, or neighbor and tell them that you want to get more active and need their help. They’ll love you for asking because it will help both of you.
If 100 days sounds like too many days, just tell yourself that you’re going to be active for 30 minutes every day for 30 days. What the research tells us is that it takes 21 days to create or break a habit. If you can get through the first 30 days you’ll be well on your way.
And if you just can’t make yourself be active for 30 minutes every single day, try the 4X4 program. Move for 30 minutes 4 days a week for 4 weeks. If you have fun and are active 4 days a week you may find yourself motivated to do more – or – you may find that a 4X4 program is right for you.
The point of all of this is just to get more active and stay more active. Activity, any activity, is the engine the drives your fitness, your weight loss or weight management, your emotional state, and even your self image.
We know – YOU know – that being active is better than being non-active. Don’t wait. You’ll feel better from the very first day.