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Jul 18, 2019 07:12:58

One drop of sweat.

by @brianball PATRON | 389 words | 421💌

Brian Ball

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40 days ago (at the time of this writing), my son and I started #100DaysofSweat. I like the rowing machine, but my first session was limited to the equivalent distance of 500m before I was too tired to continue.

Week 1: Rowing machine. 500m (meters)

The goal of this effort is simple:
Exercise each day until I sweat. Stop at the first drop if I want to.

No pressure. No drill-sergeant-esque personal trainer yelling at me to do one more. No pain-inducing efforts.

No pain ≠ no gain.

The early days required more thinking.
What am I going to do?
Should I ride my bike or hit the gym?

One night, we got home at 11:40pm -- I had 20 minutes to get my sweat. I did some intense jumping jacks, ab movements and kettlebell swings. Sweat accomplished.

All I really need is to move vigorously. Equipment is optional.

Seven weeks in, I got on the rowing machine at the gym. This session.. wait for it:

4,000 meters in 22 minutes.

That's an 8x improvement with an approach to fitness that is nothing but consistent.

Week 1: 500m ---> Week 6: 4,000m

What's really working for me is the simple goal. Just sweat.

It's not intense - so I don't avoid it.
It's not focused, so I slot it in when I don't feel like working.
It's not even scheduled - I just notice I have 15 - 60 minutes so I go for it.

I show up daily and do something to increase my fitness. That's all. I haven't even worried about my diet yet, so there's room for more veggies there.

In short: It's working. I'm feeling more energy, more confidence, and I have the proof in numbers.

The takeaway:

I designed my effort to be minimally stressful so I could persist long enough to get results.

I don't rely on others. No workout buddy required.

In the first couple of days I tried to coordinate my schedule with my son's and saw it was going to fail. I immediately corrected course and decided to rely only on my self. If you've ever had a hard time being consistent, you might try this approach. Just show up. Just sweat. Let the rest come as organically as you require. You can do it.

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    @brianball Great summary and take-away lessons.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jul 18, 2019 14:10:52
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    @brianball - Fantastic. So many gems in here:

    Doing an experiment with your son (❤️ it)
    Focusing on your health (❤️ it)
    Focusing on consistency of habit
    Focusing on simplicity of goal
    Focusing on progress from day 1
    Identifying and executing changes that were needed without giving up
    Focusing on the lack of gym membership/expensive equipment/workout buddy/driving around
    Getting the gems that could be applied in other areas and for other experiments.

    Nicely executed, nicely written and fun to read.

    Keni avatar Keni | Jul 18, 2019 10:36:28
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    @brianball that's awesome, Brian! You should be proud of your progress and consistency. Your goal of one drop of sweat per day reflects the principles James Clear talks about in Atomic Habits. Maybe one day you work it until you start sweating, and then you stop. But many days you will start sweating and you will be feeling great, so you will keep going. I think it's a great concept and it sounds like it's working for you!

    David Neuman avatar David Neuman | Jul 18, 2019 10:21:21
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