Thursday, August 28, 2008

No Time to Workout?

If you are anything like me, who hated to workout and was perennially busy working or chilling out with friends or watching a movie or sleeping,you would have time for everything else in the world, except working out.

The mind is a very crazy animal and it will find hundreds of excuses not to work out. This was until i found this one trick which worked really well.

This trick is called the 1 Set - 2 minute workout.

Promise yourself that you will do only 1 set of your favourite exercise for only 2 minutes. Nothing more. Now you can spare 2 minutes, can you?

Do one set of your favourite exercise. In my case it usually was a bicep curl. I used to love the pump in my biceps immediately after a workout. The best fun was to then slip into a tight t-shirt, tuck in your belly and flex your biceps. Wow they looked so good.

Now the best part about this is - Like the Lay's advertisement - "You can't just have one". When you do that 1 set and you see a little pump or just feel excited to get over your inertia, in 8 cases out of 10, you will do more than just 1 set. You must enjoy it though. You must pat yourself on the back and say, "Hey, Well Done Buddy". That felt great. Tomorrow, i'll do a couple of sets.

Try this for a couple of weeks. Every day, just pick a body part, do 1 set for 2 minutes. If you feel great, go some more. Feeling better, do 1 more. Before you know it, you would have sneaked in 1 small 10-15 minute workout.

So next time you find yourself saying - I do not have time to exercise. Think about this. Okay i will not do a 45 minute workout. But i can sure do a couple of minutes. Lets do it.

Now my dear friend, these couple of minutes are not going to transform your body. These couple of minutes will not get you a six pack. But do you know what you are really doing here?

I shouldn't be really telling you this. While you think, you are working out your body - what you are actually doing, is working out your mind. This is a mind workout. It strengthens and conditions your will power. You subsconciously break down the herculean task of a 30 to 45 minute workout into a small bite. Slowly and steadily these 2 minute workouts will gradually spill over into 10..15..30 minute workouts. You may feel 45 minutes of time too overwhelming to spare for exercise. But 2 minutes, thats not a whole load of time. I can give that.

So friends. Start working out - 2 minutes a day. Thats good to get going. Just to get your mind muscles, mentally adjusted to the concept of working out. Associate those moments with small triumphs. One way to do this is measure your body part - biceps/Chest/Forearms - immediately before exercise. Do your 2 minute Set. Go back and measure. That 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch spike feels mentally invigorating.

Learn to savour these 2 minutes and gradually you will move on to bigger and better things.

In my next post, I will show you how to triple your mini-workout time from 2 minutes to 6 minutes in one simple smooth killer stroke. When i tell you this one, you will be laughing your head out. It's so very simple.

Till then! Have Fun!

Your Friend in Fitness
Lloyd Pinto

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