Your goal each day can be as ambitious as you like. Your commitment is always the same, start a workout every day. Don’t get them confused. When you start you’ll probably be fired up, and after a few days you’ll be thinking about beating or at least doing as much as the day before and the hard place will get hard again. You’ll feel like skipping it altogether, I know I did – lethargy is a devil that can’t be beat, only outwitted. You have to- focus on establishing the habit and start the workout no matter how convinced you are it’s a waste of time on that particular day. I can tell you from thirty years on that you’ll be glad you did. Once you start skipping days just because you feel like it it’s a slippery slope.
Although it should be so simple to just start a workout every day, it’s trickier than you think to stay on track. For one thing lethargy is insidious – it just wants you to do nothing, and after a few days of achieving something in spite of lethargy it will step up the pressure. Those are the days when you have to remind yourself that it doesn’t matter at all if you just start the workout and quit immediately – the whole point is to establish the habit. To do that, you’ve lowered the bar (oh yeah – I forgot to tell you about the bar across the hear place) so far it can’t be lowered any further. Are you going to blow it now because you’re not willing to do that one little thing? That’s what lethargy wants because lethargy is a liar and a cheat!!! In reality it’s probably a survival mechanism for back when people didn’t get low blood oxygen because they were rarely sedentary. But a survival skill from pre-agricultural times, like eating everything that doesn’t eat you first, now hurts you by preventing you from getting exercise when you need it most.
So keep focused on the commitment. Even now after a day behind a desk, I don’t look forward to jumping rope until about two seconds after I start. No matter how much I know I’m going to enjoy it, I can’t really believe it until I start jumping. On the weekends, when I jump in the morning and I’m not lethargic, I can’t wait to get started. That’s how strong lethargy is and that’s why it’s the hard place. In my opinion, it all comes down to blood chemistry. You can’t look forward to exercise or much of anything when you’re lethargic because the chemistry is just not there.