WHY YOU SHOULD DO SOMETHING EVERY DAY
I’m not an expert, but I’m going to argue that you should doing some form of physical activity everyday. Yes, you, and yes, everyday. I won’t bore you by citing articles explaining all the health benefits, but it’s generally accepted that physical activity has countless positive effects, and as a result, you should be incorporating something into each day.
Despite all the research of what fitness could be doing for you, it seems that so many of us do not capitalize on the benefits that working out has to offer, and this is most unfortunate. Socrates said “No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” If what he said is true, then why is it that so many of us don’t utilize those tools and reap the benefits?
Before you make excuses, like you’re too busy to work out, you have eight children running around, you don’t have time, you’re not strong enough…hear me out. We make time for the things we care about and that are important to us, and your health and general well-being should be a top priority. Besides sleeping, eating, and breathing, I’m guessing that using your smartphone is something you do everyday. I’m even willing to bet at least $2 that you’re reading this post as a result of some form of social media, which begs the question: how much time do we spend checking Facebook, or Instagram, or YouTube/Snapchat/Myspace/Tumblr/Twitter/Tinder/Vine/eHarmony/Pinterest, and this is all before the Netflix, Family Guy, and SportsCenter slotted for later this evening. You get the point. If we make (or waste) time for these non-essential, often non-beneficial tasks, then perhaps we could spare a few minutes per day doing some stretching, walking, bodyweight exercise, hypertrophy, strength training, skill acquisition, or [insert some physical activity you are interested in] here.
To further combat the busy argument (or any other excuses), “this” doesn’t have to take long. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to do something every day. You also don’t have to squat 500 pounds each time you step foot into a gym. You don’t have to run a half-marathon on the treadmill or be drenched in sweat by the time you’re finished with whatever it is that you’re doing. You just should get into the habit of doing something.
Just start somewhere, and realize that doing something is much better than doing nothing. Each time you workout, consider that a +1, and each time you don’t, it’s a -2. The benefits of building a habit of working out transcend just the physical improvements: see our previous post of how gym-going can build numerous virtues. Moreover, once you start, chances are you’ll get better. You’ll probably also build some momentum and continue going. Eventually, you’ll enjoy new skills, more strength, improved performance, and better quality of life. To quote Zig Ziglar, “you don’t have to be great to start. But you have to start to be great.” And who doesn’t want to be great, who would say no to great-er health, and what kid doesn’t want their mom or dad to be able to run around with them for more than 47 seconds? The point is, you should be doing something every day, and you really have no excuse not to.
Am I saying that doing jumping jacks for five minutes every day is going to make you more money, get rid of your dad-bod, land you your dream swolemate, and improve your raw bench press to 300 kilos? Probably not. Will you be as strong as Eddie Hall, or look like Matt Ogus? 99% chance of no. However, if you “do something” consistently for several years, chances are you’ll be much better than when you started, and goals which seemed impossible will likely be more attainable.
“But what about over training? I mean, you can’t really be telling me that you think it’s healthy to do handstands every day…in fact, you’re going to end up in SnapCity with a broken wrist.” Well, that’s why this article was intentionally ambiguous. I said do something. If I’m trying to achieve a one minute handstand, there are plenty of variations and other things I can do each day in order to improve that doesn’t involve getting upside down every time. From core work, to stretching, to small wrist strengthening exercises, the possibilities are endless, thus making it safe and effective to always do something (no matter how small), so that you can improve each day.
If you don’t know where to start, find out what you’re interested and what your goals are, do a little bit of research, or reach out to us or a trusted friend for guidance. Perhaps pick a skill you want to learn, set a goal for yourself, sign up for a race, or challenge a friend to see who can get to 50 pushups first. If nothing else, roll around on the floor with your kid for a few minutes, do some squats and sit-ups, or go for a walk. Starting small and building the habit will help reinforce the process, and when you start seeing results, you’ll want to keep going. A few minutes, everyday, over the course of several years, can, and will, have a profound impact.
You just have to start. And keep going.
In the spirit of this post, I’m challenging myself to “do something everyday,” and it involves something I’m passionate about, but not great at. I’ll be doing it every day for the foreseeable future, and you can follow my journey here.
For additional resources on how people utilized the benefits of doing something every day, google Cory Gregory’s Squat Everyday or Max Shank’s Five Minute Flow for their take on this topic. And remember, as is the case with most things, these principles can be applied not only to fitness but also many other aspects of life including prayer, learning, reading, growing your business or brand, and so much more. Leave a comment about what your plans are to improve your future.