Remember when I said that the Olympics are a great inspiration to young children? Well, if watching all those fit folks also gave you the urge to get off the couch, I’m here to tell you about the easiest exercise plan EVER.
No, I’m not a personal trainer. No, I have no formal training in how to motivate people. But I have been trying something new for the last three weeks and so far, it is working really well, so I thought I’d share it with you.
Here’s how simple it is.
On Day 1, you exercise for 5 minutes. It can be anything you’re comfortable with: walking, running, elliptical, swimming, skipping, jumping rope, hopscotch, whatever.
On Day 2, you do the same exercise for 6 minutes. One minute more than yesterday.
On Day 3, you do it for 7 minutes. On Day 4, you exercise for 8 minutes…
That’s right… each day, you just add one more minute than you’ve already finished.
The best part is you won’t get to day 20 and say you can’t do it because it’s only 60 seconds more than you’ve already done. Anyone can do something for 60 seconds. Even me! Even you!
I started running on the treadmill earlier this month and this afternoon, I ran for 25 minutes on the treadmill at 4mph! My fitness tracker said it was 2.21 miles! I’m certain I couldn’t have done that three weeks ago, but by running for just one more minute each day, here I am! I’m so proud of myself. (And easing into a new exercise program like this also lets the other members of your family adjust too. When I tell my daughters that it’s time for me to go run, they ask me how many minutes I’m up to!)
Give it a shot and let me know if it works for you! Share your thoughts in the comments.
~ Phoebe DeCook