A blog I read had an article on the occasion of recovering from an injury or surgery. On Damaging Myself talks about Mike’s inability to do a pushup and his young neighbor who recently stopped doing pushups at 120 reps.
Here’s what I think from the perspective of age 62: rather than work his way up to 120 and then quit, what my young helper should do is…three pushups a day.
But every day.
I need to lose some weight and exercise more - luckily, these are correlated! I’m going to try this approach, the baby steps down the hall, the zen first step of 10000.
I’m starting with 5 squats and 3 pushups every day. Maybe I’ll add one a week, not entirely sure yet. My goal for these is to hit 42, my age, every day and keep doing them. I’m also trying to hit my three watch goals every day - 30 minutes of walking, standing every hour, and 530 calories burned - which is doable with the walking if I move around some more also.
I’m going to change my diet. Step-by-step, so I’m adding more vegetables three times a week and starting next week I will begin having one vegan day every week and go from there.
More extreme changes are difficult to implement and stick with - my hope is the slow change becomes the background and I can focus on what is important.