"All or nothing" left me opting for "nothing" too often, so I've always used this method. It not only gets me exercising regularly, but I find that if I tell myself "If you just do 10 minutes then that's better than nothing" that I actually wind up sticking with it longer. Starting is the hardest part, especially on something like the elliptical trainer. Once I've gone that long, it's often easy for me to continue up to 30 minutes or more. But even if don't work out as long as I'd like, it's easy to squeeze in 10 or 15 minutes a couple of times a day and that really is better than nothing. If I can do 3 sets with free weights, or go half a mile on the elliptical, or even just do some crunches, I wind up doing something every day, even on those days where I don't stop and commit long periods. It still burns calories and makes me stronger and it even gives me energy.
- 1/25/2008 3:40:18 PM