Here’s an idea that came out of my work with clients who had basically zero exercise experience.
If you’re starting from nothing and trying to build a habit of daily exercise, including strength workouts and cardio workouts several times a week, that can seem pretty daunting. What if you just tried doing 1 push-up per day?
Crazy idea, right? I mean, 1 push-up; that’s ridiculous. You’re not going to get anything out of 1 push-up, are you?
Actually, I would argue that you are. If you can get up every morning and just do 1 push-up straight out of bed, then you’re already on your way to building a daily exercise habit. You’re creating a routine, and you’re prioritizing movement.
So, today it’s 1 push-up, but do you have any idea how hard it is to JUST do 1 push-up? You’re going to want to do a few more, and maybe some sit-ups and some squats too. Pretty soon your simple daily push-up routine has blossomed into a full-on daily workout habit: 1 push-up + 20-minute walk on Monday, 1 push-up + full-body calisthenics routine on Tuesday, 1 push-up + 30-minute Yoga video on Wednesday. You can see where this is going.
I guess the point is that it is always better just to start. Everyone has a different entry point, and even if you’re entry point is zero, zero + 1 is gonna be better than that. 1 better. So, get started from wherever you are and build from there. Progress from strength to strength.
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