Health and Fitness

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.

6 Comment

  1. OMG Rae, I think you and I might be the same person! I hate exercise, I over-analyse in preparation and then self-paralyse. But I still want to do it.
    I like your motivators: I will try them on me. All the best!

  2. This is so great Rae! Yeah the first weeks are always the most brutal! Then after the habit is formed and appreciating the small achievements, being active is a lot of fun! Soon we’ll be treating ourselves to lots of new workout clothes..coz we earned it! :)) $$$

  3. This is a good article. It’s also very timely. I felt sad suddenly that I’m back to my old habits – mindless eating, couldnt care less about exercising, sitting on my butt for hours on end. I miss my old me but I always have a hard time coming back. If you have analysis paralysis, I have literally body paralysis. My mind wants to act on it, but my body wont move. I always have this “i cant” bubble thought in my head and its so toxic.

    Its not the best way to start on a workout for a beginner, true, but your approach is actually effective. I get what ur saying about getting that momentum first and not thinking of the workout plan per se.

    Its ironic how i wrote all those fitness articles but dont follow any of them. Its my mind that needs convincing. Im hot then im cold. Either im super into it, or my doubts stop me. “I’ll get fat again anyway” “it takes so long and i dont see progress” “my metabolism sucks” etc. sorry for ranting off haha. Im just really frustrated and ur blog post is so timely to convince me that it can be done.

    1. Rant away! This is a safe space for people who aren’t positive and happy ALL THE TIME Anyway, everything you said, “I’ll get fat again anyway”, “it takes so long”, “my metabolism sucks” — me, me, and me, too. I guess I just got to a point where I thought, “do it anyway!” I get stuck in my sucky sulky thoughts most of the time. I don’t want to think anymore. I haven’t even really thought about specific fitness goals. I don’t know where I’m going with this. Right now I just want to have a ‘system’ going.

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