21 days of exercise was, of course, about exercise. However, it was also about me showing myself how to work towards changing one thing. I wanted to change my body shape and the health status of my temple, but there were other things that I also had to pull together. First and foremost was my thinking and my mindset. Working out can be 45 minutes of an intense aerobic session, which can be pretty draining, or, it can be 10-15 minutes of light weights and stretches. I think that I lost my way. I imagined that if I were not breathless and dripping with sweat, I didn’t really get a good session in. But in the course of altering my thinking, I decided that I just needed to concentrate on a short period of consistent movement. I am no fitness expert, but I have done a little research and I have read my share of online articles and health journals. So, my idea of the minimum that I would do was quite simple.
- Put on my gear and the right shoes
- Warm-up for 7 minutes
- Do some kind of movement for at least 10 minutes
- Cool down for 7 minutes
- Do my post workout stretches
- Do this every day, for 21 days
I do realize that the professionals recommend that we add a day of rest in there somewhere. I also know that some say that if you do something for 21 days straight, it becomes a habit. Now I’m not sure how our parents did it when we were toddlers, but I have never forgotten to brush my teeth or shower or bathe. Maybe this theory about habits has some merit. I set myself up to find out.
After 21 days of doing some kind of activity that I considered a workout, I must say that I came in contact with some newer concepts. Have I tried to make healthy activity a regular thing in my life before? Yes! Was I consistent? Well, maybe a little. But as with anything, in order for something to become a part of our lifestyles, we have to do it long enough for it to stick. There must be visible results that clearly change our trajectories. I think that we are never too old to try something again, even if it is for the 10th time. This is what I walked away with: (no pun intended)
- Once I reach an expected goal, I should keep moving forward, push further and see what else I can accomplish.
- Anything that I can do to get some movement in, can be considered exercise, especially if it is not my usual activity.
- I am stronger than I think I am.
- It is never too late to chase a dream.
- I can do anything that I decide that I want to do, once I make up my mind that I want to accomplish that thing.
- Things are harder to do when you are on the outside looking in. Once you get on the path and start doing them, they become a more realistic thing that actually gets easier and easier to do.
*To read the entire account of each day of my 21 days of workouts and to see my updates, click here.
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