I’ve done this for a week now, and I’m feeling very good about it. I think the idea is to start off with just enough weight so that you’re not really sore on your off days. My plan is to slowly add weight over the coming months.
The big challenge will be maintaining this regimen through all of the distractions and curves that life throws at me. My plan is “Don’t Break the Chain,” a self-motivational plan that has been credited to Jerry Seinfeld.
Basically, if there’s something you want to do every day (for Seinfeld, it’s writing jokes), mark an X on a wall calendar for the day you did it. Over time, you’ll notice a chain of Xs on your calendar. Your job is simple: Don’t break the chain. I wrote more about it in my blog.
I joined a gym today. I have an appointment next for orientation. I
think hope that by paying every month and having an outside location I will be more motivated to workout.
I found this beginner’s plan at StrongLifts.com. My next steps:
- Join a gym
- Start a workout log
- Start and stick to the plan
Mehdi, author of StrongLifts.com, points out that although there is a temptation to add weight at the beginning of this plan since it starts off so light, one should not do it. Think long term and add weight over time.
I think I’m trying to do too many things right now, but I’m not going to give up on this one. I’m going to make room for it.
This week I’ve just thrown myself into my work, which has been good for me, but I’m feeling out of balance.
I did bookmark an interesting strength training site that I came to, strangely enough, through the Get Rich Slowly blog. StrongLifts.com has all sorts of information about strength training. I’m going to check that site out more.