Again, you might be different, but I find that committing to at least 15 minutes in the morning (or even 10 on bad days!) is far more achievable in the long term for me. I still do longer sessions when I can, but when I try to push that number up on a daily basis, I eventually get to a day when I genuinely can’t fit in a longer workout, so I don’t do one at all. Committing to a shorter time just works for me.
As to whether a formal approach is better, again, that depends on you – are you the kind of person who needs structure? Then a formal routine is probably a good way to go.
Or maybe the idea of having to decide what to do every day sound exhausting? If so, again, a more formal approach where you can switch to autopilot might be the way to go.
Just be mindful though, rigid routines are fragile – if you choose to go with this option, I’d suggest thinking about what you plan to do if, for example, you can’t access the equipment you usually use. Have a backup plan and be ready to be flexible – life happens!
If you’re more of an intuitive, go with the flow kind of person, then maybe you should just pick what feels right to you each day.
There’s a lot to be said for doing a variety of exercises.
Personally, I do a combination of both – I do yoga every day but choose a class that feels right for me that day.
Hope that helps 🙂
If you want to do an hour of exercise in your morning routine it might work better to go from eight minutes to ten and when that is a routine habit raise it to fifteen minutes and so on. Or add one more set of an exercise you are doing or one new exercise, and give it a couple of weeks to be routine. Eventually you will get to an hour a day if that is really where you want to be
At first, according to your day today, do whatever is possible with your will power. Whatever feels right.
Next day is a different day, so no point in setting one timing for everyday.
Hope this helps,
But it your choice ☺ Be happy
If you do an hr a day, you might get caught up in a perfectionist mentality where you always decide on a hour, but 1 qeek in or so that is just daunting and you take an extra day off or whatnot. And that extra day off becones two days off and thrn 4 and so forth.
But if you commit to 8min for a month, you get in the habit of just starting. And then its much easier to increase to 15 min and then 30 min. Whereas if you start with one hr, its MUCH harder to get in the habit of just starting.
Another thing is, with exercise, you should never jump into an intense program all of a sudden. Your muscles will get strong fast, but your tendins and ligaments will be much slower in that respect. This means you may be feeling fine, and getting stronger and all, and then BAM! You get injured out of the blue. And its a tendon or ligament that got injured. And those are reallu slow to recover, and they recover weaker than origjnal capacity.
So, to prevent injury like that, I aint no expert but I'd say give yourself at LEAST two or three months of easy workouts. I know this since it happened to me.
Also, research proper form for all weight lifting things you do, and also research injury prevention for all sports you do.
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