Well hello all you lovely people! I hope everyone’s week has gone swimmingly so far. Mine has been peachy, but I have no clue how it went by so fast.
Hey, did anyone have a chance to take a look at my last post? I listed 10 tips with an alternate, beefed up version to help you stick with your workout.
Although, there was one tip I left off because I didn’t feel it needed any sprucing up.
It’s the 10 minute rule. This rule comes in handy for many situations; when you’re pooped, in a terrible mood, feeling a little under the weather, etc., and you just have no desire to exercise.
It goes a lil somethin’ like this.
The 10 Minute Rule
You make a deal with yourself. You promise to start your workout, whether it’s at the gym, streaming it online, or wherever it may be, and if after 10 minutes you’re still not feeling it, you stop. Simple as that.
However, if you feel as though you could keep going for a bit, from there, set a mini goal. Go all in for another 10 minutes. If that’s too committal, knock it down to 5 and then see how you feel.
Still giving it the green light after that? Bust out another mini goal. Or, know you gave it a good run and stop.
Basically, keep playing it by year till you’re kaput.
What’s with the 10 Minutes?
The 10 minute rule is a terrific procrastination hack. Essentially, if you’re putting off a particular project, set a timer for 10 minutes, then hammer away till time is up.
Once that chunk of time is over with, you’re done! Ten minutes is long enough to accomplish something, yet short enough to where it’s tolerable.
The best part? Your first, and usually most dreaded, step is out of the way! And since you’ve taken that first step, chances are you’ll want to continue working past the 10 minutes.
Without a doubt, this has been the case for me. Despite the fact the rule motivates me to start my workout, I don’t remember ever stopping right at the 10 minute mark.
I think my shortest time was 25 minutes, but a lot of the time, I’ll just end up finishing the whole workout. Once I get going, energy seems to come out of nowhere, my blood starts flowing, and I begin to feel better.
An awesome playlist doesn’t hurt either:-)
Now, for the 10 minute rule to consistently work, it’s crucial to fulfill your promise. Meaning, once you work out for the initial 10 minutes, if you’re really not wanting to continue on after that, don’t!
I say that because if you force your butt to keep going well beyond the point of being done, the next time you try convincing yourself that you only have to go for 10 minutes, your brain will remember the last time you uttered those words.
The last time when you broke the 10 minute promise you made to yourself.
Now your brain knows better than to get stuck in that situation again. So, as opposed to getting some exercise in, and quite possibly your entire workout, there won’t be any activity happening at all.
By holding up your end of the bargain, it sends the message that your word is golden.
Did You Stop at 10 Minutes? There are Still Benefits!
Ok, let’s suppose you really aren’t enjoying any part of your workout session after the 10 minutes are up, and you stop. There should be no beating up on yourself afterwards because you didn’t complete your workout!
Think about it this way. At the very least, you got 10 minutes of your workout in, you burned some calories, and even worked up a little bit of a sweat.
On top of everything else, your self-discipline just got a tad stronger. Psychologist, Daniel Goldstein says, “I think self-discipline is something, it’s like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.”
Whenever you push through by taking the more challenging route, you are giving your self-discipline a little workout. You are gaining inner strength. Keep in mind, just as it takes time for physical strength to develop, the same goes for your inner strength.
So, although it may not feel like anything is happening, every time a situation pops up where you don’t take the easy way out, you’re slowly, but surely gaining momentum!
Seriously. You Should Try This
If you haven’t tried this method as of yet, I’m telling you it works. Whether it’s exercising, cleaning the house, or working on a project, the 10 minute rule can be applied to practically anything.
Experiment with different periods of time to find out what you mesh best with. Maybe 15 minutes feels better for you. Or perhaps 5 minutes is all you can muster for the time being. Really, it’s whatever works for you. After all, you’re just trying to get the ball rolling. But hopefully, you will keep on going long after your time limit is over with.
Oh, and before I peace out, I completely forgot to mention this! A couple weeks ago my post, 5 Reasons Why I Stopped Drinking Diet Soda, was chosen as Featured Post of the Week in the Inspire Me Monday blog link-up! My jaw dropped when I saw my post title up there. There were 321 blog posts that week and they’re always amazing, so I seriously do not know how that happened.
If you aren’t familiar with what a link-up is, this particular one is held on a weekly basis. It’s where bloggers can come share a post of theirs. Link-ups are good for networking, getting more people to your blog, etc. Each week, a featured post is selected by the host and it’s shared with everyone the following link-up!
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