I see headlines like this all the time on Facebook. I’m sure you do, too.
Promising big results with minimal personal investment is a trick as old as sales.
The idea is that you can have miracle transformations in your life, health, relationships, and finances by doing one thing. In a society that wants to get something for nothing, the ability to promise people something they want without any effort or expense on their part is like printing your own money. You don’t even have to deliver. You just have to sell them an idea.
What Does it Really Take To Change Your Life?
I’m highly suspicious of any offer that promises me something for nothing, financial freedom without working, rock hard abs from the comfort of my couch, or perfect health without changing my diet.
Those last two are especially humorous to me because I know what it really takes to achieve rock-hard abs and good health. And I know that you can’t have either without making some changes in your life.
After all, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the outcome to change is the clinical definition of insanity. Do you really think you can get in shape laying on the couch, watching TV?
On the other hand, I don’t want to discourage you, because frankly, while good health requires some lifestyle changes, it doesn’t always require a complete overhaul.
Small, incremental changes CAN make a big difference in your life over time.
The Power of Taking One Step
The journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.
I think Confucius said that. If he didn’t, he should have. It’s pretty good.
If you’re not doing any exercises at all, just doing ONE might be the difference between long life and short life.
In all honesty, this message isn’t really directed toward most of my patients or my regular readers who join me every week for “Move Right Monday.” If you’re already moving your body consistently, then you’re moving in the right direction. Even if you’re only moving for five minutes in the morning, that’s something, and I want to cheer you on! I’m so proud of you.
No, I’m really talking to the person who knows they should do something, but:
- Doesn’t know where to start.
- Doesn’t want to inconvenience their current life.
The most dangerous healthcare crisis in America today is not Zika, AIDS, the measles, or cancer. It’s the sedentary American lifestyle. Ride to work, sit at a desk all day, ride home, sit on the couch until bedtime. It’s like a very comfortable death sentence, and it’s totally within your power to change…if you want to live long, strong, and healthy and die old.
If you’re not doing some kind of regular movement, then doing one five-minute exercise a day will change your life. I can’t overstate this. It’s the absolute truth.
I’m not talking about walking to your car or walking around the office. That’s better than sitting on the couch, but I want to encourage you to do just a little bit more.
Here’s A Sample Plan
Take five minutes in the morning, before you shower, to do one of these:
- One “Move Right Monday” exercise for five minutes
- Four sets of 20 jumping jacks with 10-second pauses in between
- Run in place (bringing your knees up to waist level) for 20 seconds, with 10-second pauses in between
- Four sets of 20 windmills with 10-second pauses in between
- Four sets of 20-25 pushups with 10-second pauses in between
- Four sets of 20 toe-touches, either standing up or seated on the floor. Don’t bend your knees.
You might remember seeing these exercises in a previous article where we talking about “High-Intensity Interval Training.” I really believe it’s the simplest, most effective way to exercise. Dr. Mercola has some terrific articles about it.
Take One Step
The key here is that you need to do SOMETHING. I don’t care if you only do one to start. One is better than none.
Will it hurt? The first time you do it, you will not like it. I’ll just prepare you for that.
But just like I told my kids about broccoli: you don’t have to like it to receive the benefits of it, you just have to eat it (or in this case, just get up and do it), no matter how you feel. Taking the step will break you through that wall. Next time, the wall won’t be as strong.
Two things will happen:
- The next time you do it, it will be easier. Eventually, you will find that you can’t wait to get up and do it.
- You will start to feel better about yourself because you will have accomplished something you didn’t think you could do.
And I will be there cheering you on.
Make sure you share your success story with me. Post it on my Facebook page, so we can all celebrate together. There’s something about having a community cheering you on, and that’s what we are building here on Facebook. I hope you’ll be a part of it.
I’ll see you back here Wednesday for “Wellness Wednesday.”
“At the end of your feelings is NOTHING. At the end of your principles is a PROMISE.” — Eric Thomas