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An Update on Accountability...

December 4, 2018

Last month I shared with you my thoughts on accountability and how each one of us is responsible for our actions and making things happen – especially when it comes to what we do with our time and how this can either positively or negatively affect our physical (and mental) health. I also set myself a daily challenge of 30 squats and 30 push-ups and promised an update in December, so holding myself accountable to that promise, I’d like to share what happened…

 

 

Firstly, I now owe the Royal British Legion 26 of my finest British pounds; I started my challenge on the 5th November and finished dutifully on the 30th, so now have to ensure they get that cash, as a promise is a promise and that’s accountability, bitch!

 

The main thing is I did it. I set myself a challenge, I achieved it and most of all I enjoyed it. It was a fun experience, I like the fact that I managed to stick to it on a daily basis and although it may sound like a chore, it really wasn’t. There were some days when I woke up tired (naturally, with having a 1 year old) and didn’t feel like “exercising”, but that soon passed once I got cracking…

 

 

How did I do it then? Where did I find the time? Well, harping back to my previous post, “I didn’t find the time, I made the time” to achieve my task and that really wasn’t difficult at all. I did my 2 exercises right before I had my morning shower (apart from that one day when I did them before I went to bed) and they took me less than 2 minutes to do. Yes, that’s right, less than 2 minutes! 30 squats and 30 push-ups in less than 120 seconds – a heck of a lot less time than it takes for the average bloke to have a shit. #Honest.

 

To break the monotony, I did my exercises in a 3 day cycle: Day 1 – incline push-ups and squats;

Day 2 – push-ups and squats;

Day 3 – decline (feet on the bed) push-ups and squats.

This made it easier to manage and also gave the old core a bit of a challenge too.

 

 

What have I learned from this experience? Well, making the time is not that hard to achieve. I felt better for being a bit more active (even if it was only 2 minutes a day more active) and I even started to look better after about 2 weeks too – my pecs started to changed shape, no longer representing boobs, but actually looking a bit more pec’y, and my legs firmed up, along with my core getting harder too! You’d be amazed at how just 30 reps of 2 simple exercises can make a difference to your appearance over a few weeks…

I also learned that the more you do things like this, the more you want to do them and the easier they become. After being out of “the game” for a number of months, I had lost strength and push-ups did become much harder to do; but doing them daily has built that foundation back and renewed that strength – I feel good!

 

 

I’m so pleased with how I managed to fit this little bit of exercise into my life that I’m now planning on continuing this daily regime. One day will be push-ups and squats, the next will be some form of back exercise, coupled with a hamstring one; again, 30 reps of each and generally around 2 minutes of my time.

With no idea of when I’ll be able to return to a proper routine of gym-based training, I can at least be doing something in the meantime to improve my health and fitness. I’ll add other exercises as time goes on and I experiment a bit more with what I can fit into a short space of time – I may even cancel my gym membership (wasted money at the moment) until such time as I’m ready to return properly.

 

 

This is an ongoing journey and I’m definitely open to holding myself accountable to more things as time goes on. I will make the time…

 

 

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