Do something you like: the easiest way to start working out more often

Seek what you enjoy. Sitting here writing for you all, I should be doing something else. I should be sticking my attention elsewhere, but I don’t want to. I want to help you all improve your health and fitness and I want to get these words down as quickly as possible. Because I love it. I love the thrill of sharing new ideas. Of drawing a feint pencil line between two seemingly disparate notions that fill in the rest of their connection on their own. But isn’t that interesting. One task will literally put money in my pocket and the other only words on the page. One will pay my bills and the other simply allows the muse some space. But I’m doing it anyway.

Life is a series of choices. Choosing to be helpful or to be blissfully unaware. To be of aid or to be in opposition. What you choose and choose not to do are the most important things you do every single day. So why are you relinquishing control when it comes to your health and fitness?

You slog away on a treadmill when you would rather go running in the woods. You lift those pointless dumbbells again and again when you would be more happy swinging a sledgehammer at a truck tire. Why? Because someone said you should? Someone on the internet that knows nothing about you. Who the fuck do they think they are giving you advice. Says the guy giving advice.

But my guidance today comes in a different form. Today I am instructing you to do something for you. Do something that makes you want to rush towards it, not away. Me, I don’t want to swing a kettle bell today. But I really want to workout. Chances are today I will simply plant myself on an exercise bike and crush away at that 200 calorie mini goal while watching a Youtube channel I love. Likely, I’ll end up in a flow state, find those dumbbells I mentioned earlier and churn away at a little work for my deltoids.

This is the key. Sure, if you want to lose weight and improve your physical condition – you need to workout. That’s the non-negotiable bit. But that’s also where your limitations end. I want you doing something today that has you lifting something heavy (rocks, dumbbells, your partner), getting a little out of breath (running, skipping, surfing) and something a little tricky (handstands, some cartwheels maybe?). Anything you want. But you need to do something.

Just make it something you like.

Once you start, the continuing piece is easy. You’ve already overcome the inertia of the couch and Netflix binge. Keeping the ball rolling is simple.

Start, start, start. The rest will take care of itself.