What I Want to Start Doing
So I sit a lot and at 43 I know that unless I do something about it my body is going to get weaker, tighter, more fragile and more injury prone. I do push ups and this 7 minute ab workout for strength in my upper body. I need to do more. I know.
But what I'm almost more concerned about than strength is flexibility. Like lots of people, I sit in the same position for hours and hours every day and that's probably not going to change any time soon. I can almost feel my hamstrings shortening and my hip flexors tightening as I sit there, typing away.
So I figured I should start stretching every day. I've had the idea rattling around in the back of my head for awhile. It finally made its way to the front here lately and started my new daily stretching habit a couple of weeks ago.
Why It's Important to me
So a few things here, but the big one is that I don't want to get injured and miss out on things that are really important to me.
My girls are young - just 6 and 7 - and I REALLY want to be able to do active things with them as they get older. Hiking, snowboarding, playing soccer or volleyball or whatever they end up getting into. That's the good stuff and I really don't want to miss out on it. Plus, I just like being active.
Missing out on any of that because I got injured would suck.
Why I Don't Already Do It
Stretch every day. Sounds easy enough, right? Here's the thing about stretching, though. For some reason I hate the thought of it and I (mostly) love actually doing it. I don't know what it is about stretching, but I will procrastinate on it like nothing else. But once I start, I pretty quickly find myself really enjoying the deep breathing, calm, focus and the hurt that hurts in just the right way. And when I'm done I feel fantastic.
So like with so many things, just starting is the key.
HOW I'M GOING FROM ZERO TO HABIT
I kept my new stretching habit plan pretty simple.
How's it's Going So Far
So far so good. I've been at it for around 3 weeks. Productive would tell me exactly how many days except that I lumped it in with a few other habits that I combined into a single morning routine. I've been perfect so far - haven't missed a day since I started.
But I have come close to missing. Really, the only way I stuck with it on a couple of days was by taking my own advice and committing to consistency over intensity, to routine over results and focusing on just doing the really small version of my stretching habit.
Here's how it happened both times I nearly missed:
A couple of things stand out:
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