My first fitness routine was running 5 days a week and resting 2.
Followed immediately by having braces on both knees and taking two weeks off.
Lesson 1: Sticking To The Plan isn’t Noble If It’s A Bad Plan
My second fitness routine was running Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and resting in between. So some lessons were learned right there.
Then my fitness routine looks like this when I branched out into strength training to help with running:
That’s 17 planned work outs (of which I skipped 2 so far) in a week plus swimming laps whenever possible before work. It becomes like shifting puzzle pieces around; need a lot a space between back work outs, oh can’t put leg stuff before sprints, rest on the weekends or use the extra time to do longer work outs, what do I do before breakfast vs after work… it’s an eternal process.
So Lesson 2: Write It Down And Move It Around
Except for the breakfast thing – the answer is before breakfast.
I guess the key of both pieces of advice is have a plan but don’t stick to it. Sounds a bit weird but having a plan sets an expectations, it signals what your goal is so you know if you’re hitting it or not. Improvising with no plan you won’t know if you’re coming up short.
Variety is key. Not just for all the legit training reasons like differing stimuli but because the boredom factor is a real factor. Thinking that athletes are immune to boredom, or that fighting-through-boredom is a gift they have that you don’t, is plain stupid; stop thinking that immediately.
You’d never say I love movies so I watch the same movie everyday at the same time ’cause I’m hardcore. Enjoying movies means enjoy lots of different movies and shows and even reading about movies or other auxiliary things. That’s what it means to be into something.
Even with running there’s tons of variety to build into a routine. Long run, sprints, outdoor or treadmill, time trial or form focused, you can have a totally different running experience focusing on your footfalls or your breathing.
You can do all the same work but it’s never the same work out twice.
Working out is a big, big, big world and you’ll never be able to do all of it but don’t think that you can break off a teeny tiny piece like 15 sit ups every day and then dust your hands. Take a big fucking bite. In fact I think when starting out looking for a daily routine is poison, we don’t like doing things we’re not good at, it’s a perfect recipe for hating it and giving up. Instead pledge to try 3 new exercises everyday for a week, never repeat yourself, you’ll be forced to learn a lot and do a lot, find what you like and what you need to work on (answer always: external rotation), and I promise you you won’t get bored.
And take a second to be notice how it feels not just during but also after, notice that it gives a structure to the day that makes you do things like eat breakfast and shower in a timely fashion and not lose your whole morning to scrolling.
If the search for the perfect fitness routine keeps you working, learning, organizing, experimenting, etc, then it is the perfect fitness routine. The Search is the Destination. Mind Blown.
Get your search on and Leave No Doubt.