Something Every Day

That’s the principle I live by, meaning I do something psychical every day. The great thing about this is that it doesn’t state any amount of exercise, time needed or any level of performance. Somedays you simply don’t have the time to do an hour in the gym, you might be so sore from yesterday’s session you can hardly move or you’re on holiday, far away from great equipment and organised classes. The good thing is, for Something Every Day, you don’t need any of these things. It just needs to be Something.

My today’s Something was a yoga class. Great start to the morning with the sun coming into the room, warming my skin as I was stretching, holding and performing my Downward Facing Dog with excellence (in my head it looked awesome!!). This particular yoga studio does a fusion of yoga and dance, so it never gets boring and you really get to challenge your balance and strength. I will tell you more about this place later.

Yesterday my Something was a weight session in the gym, focusing on legs and back. Hard, fast and focused. I was in that mood yesterday, when I just wanted to lift something heavy. Sunday I did another Yoga class and I am pretty sure Saturday was just a walk along the beach. Because a Something can also be a walk. Nothing beats fresh, crisp autumn air along the beach a weekend morning. (Ok, ok, I know one thing that beats it; hiking in the mountains in Norway a crisp autumn morning surrounded by yellow, red and orange colours… If you have never been to Norway, seriously, you should go. It’s awesome).Bergen, Norway Bergen, Norway Bergen, Norway

Now you are probably thinking, I never have time for a yoga class in the morning or have access to the gym where I live. Not to worry. A Something can be performed at home, in the garden, in your office (if you’re not shy) and with the kids. A Something can be lunges in front of the TV every ad break on a Monday night. Tuesday night you might do as many push ups as you can, rest and repeat for 4 times. Wednesday you can run around with the kids for 30 minutes, doing silly things (they will love it!!), Thursday you might need to just stretch a little. Friday you’re going out for dinner and decide to park a 15 min walk away from the restaurant (caution, wear comfortable shoes, not a great idea in massive heels…). Saturday and Sunday are great days for going to the park with your kids or the dog and challenge yourself to get the heart rate up at least three times every time. A power walk, a run up a hill or play Duck Duck Goose. Whatever it takes to do a little Something every day. Before you know it, the week has gone by and you have been a little active every day.

Next time you hear someone say; “If you don’t have time to do an hour, don’t bother doing anything at all”, just pull a funny face at them and remind yourself; I just need to do Something Every Day. Why don’t you spend 10 minutes today writing a list of 10 Somethings that you can do in your daily environment. Share your ideas with me in a comment, I would love to hear it! If you’re starting from a base of no exercise, take it slow. You will not change your life overnight. If you are fat, you probably didn’t get fat overnight, so it will take some time to get rid of it.Positive Changes

If you change one small thing every day, think about the massive change this will lead to in a year.

Disclaimer; I strongly recommend that you consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. If you are under 18, pregnant, nursing or have health problems, consult your doctor about specific medical conditions.

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12 Responses to Something Every Day

  1. Tam says:

    Ok you have motivated me… time to take on the Hills of Surry Hills in NSW… just to do my “something”

  2. Jolene says:

    This is some good motivation for me. For a few weeks I was into yoga all gung-ho. Then I was into treadmill/eliptical at the gym. I find I get burnt out on stuff quickly. But if I make the goal to just do something active everyday, I feel like I can find fun, off the beaten path ways to get active. I think it’s better to do small fun things interspersed with hardcore workouts because then you are more apt to stick with it (or I would anyway!) I was recently thinking of trying something like geocaching… that could be exercise with an end goal!

    Sometimes I feel like we need all the help we can get to get and stay active. Thanks for your tips and words of wisdom. Something Every Day!

    • Great stuff Jolene! You know that the best form of exercise is the type you actually enjoy doing! If you love dancing, but hate running; go dancing 🙂 Good luck with your Something Every Day. Find me on Facebook and share your Somethings with me there too 🙂

  3. Great philosophy! Yesterday, I mowed the lawn. I’d intended to go for a run, but the lawn really needed to be mowed. That was my “something.” What part of Norway are you from? I had the fortune to visit Bergen when my brother and his family were living there – such a beautiful country!

  4. Molto Vivace says:

    Your “Something Every Day” is so much like my plan that I made for myself to lose weight years ago – it’s awesome!

  5. Wendy says:

    Hi there! Love the notion of “Something Every Day”! It really sounds like it takes the “routine” out the routine and makes way for all kinds of fun activities, as opposed to a structured workout schedule. Thanks so much for sharing this great philosophy! 🙂

  6. Wow! Now I really do feel unhealthy :O

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