From skwigg's journal:
It occurred to me today that I've worked out every day for the last 10 months. I haven't missed once. That sounds psychotic doesn't it? Let me explain. :-D
When I joined the ZGYM, the workout schedule was 7 days per week, which completely perplexed me. I thought that was SO wrong! Who does that? Crazy people? Martyrs? Exercise addicts? Everyone knows you can't train the same muscles on consecutive days or you'll turn into a pumpkin! Once I tried it myself I realized that I was doing a 12 minute kettlebell workout one day, and 5 minutes of abs the next, and a 10 minute jump rope workout the next, and 20 minutes of yoga the next. I've never felt overtrained or like I wasn't recovering. I feel amazing! Exercise is a small and enjoyable part of every day. I don't have to find time, or pack a gym bag, or drive somewhere, or spend an hour smashing myself into the ground, not ever! And my results are better than when I was doing that.
These daily workouts are the exact opposite of forcing myself to stick to a workout schedule out of fear, even when sick, even when exhausted. I've been in that headspace before and will never go there again. This is a habit more like bathing or brushing my teeth. I've done those every day for the last 10 months too. It's part of my autopilot self-care routine. It doesn't occur to me not to do them because I always feel better when I do. It's all about feeling great. When I'm sick, burpees and jump lunges aren't going to feel great, but 5 minutes of seated or lying down stretching feels amazing. When I have a terrible night of sleep, I don't need to be hoisting heavy iron over my head, but doing an easy cool-down and stretch routine as my whole workout revives and unkinks me. And on a day when I'm frantically busy, fitting in 4 minutes of kettlebell swings and snatches is quality me-time.
Daily exercise has become totally second nature. It's kind of cool.
This is a post from skwigg's old journal.
I realized I've worked out in the Zgym every day for a year now. I haven't missed one day of my "daily enjoyable movement" habit, which is so surprising and wonderful. Every day, I do a short 5-20 minute workout that suits my energy and mood. If I'm tired, sick, or sleep deprived, it might be lying down stretching, or gentle yoga, or an easy 5 minute workout. If I'm rested and strong, then it's high-impact metabolic training, heavy kettlebells, or speed rope. I love this habit! It's so much easier for me to do something quick and fun every day than to psych myself up for longer strength workouts 3-4x per week. I don't have the attention span anymore, or the time before work. I also don't miss the never-ending quest to find new programs, because most of them are only a few weeks long, then you need to come up with something new, or go back to something old, or wing it and hope for the best. It was harder to stay motivated and focused. The Zgym reminds me of when I had a personal trainer. Someone else creates the schedule and writes the workouts. I just show up and kick ass or modify as needed.