“No delays” needs to be the mantra for my morning.
Here’s the thing — I’m a nerd. I’m a big ol’ Web 2.whatever, online, connected, social, email, dork. My natural instinct during any lull in my life is to check my phone. I am one of those people.
This is the worst possible thing to be when your exercise strategy hinges on starting to exercise before you’re fully awake.
No delays between waking and exercising.
I’ve tried gyms and memberships and various types of out-of-the-house schemes. The simple truth is that I’ve never done better than when I exercise at home. First thing in the morning. No delays.
I need to roll out of bed, get some exercise clothes on, and hit it: running, a DVD-based workout, or pushups/situps/planking before I do literally anythign else.
If I pick up my phone, if I look at my iPad, especially if I turn on my computer, it’s game over. I’m looking at emails and checking Facebook statuses and seeing what’s new on MetaFilter. OH HEY CATS WEARING HATS SIGN ME UP and then I come out of a Buzzfeed-induced haze 30 minutes later.
So the linear path really has to be:
- wake up
- push cat off me
- get up
- get some exercise clothes on
- go downstairs
Any divergence between 1-6 leads to disaster, because my brain suddenly kicks into gear with all kinds of things I’d rather do than exercise.
The greatest trick my brain ever pulled was convincing the world it didn’t exist. No, wait, that’s wrong. The greatest trick my brain pulls is finding things I don’t want to do but still want to do more than exercise.
So my brain is telling me that cleaning the gunk out of the oven needs doing, and I’m still virtuous for doing it. It’s like a virtue short-circuit. I don’t want to go through all of my folders of random iPhone photo dumps and sort them, but I should, and that’s virtuous.
My brain is the worst.
So: no delays. I need to get to exercise before my nefarious brain has a chance to turn on me once again.
Everybody’s different, and everybody has their own deal with exercise. Mine is “start before you’re awake.”