Like many others, I make New Years resolutions.
I’m going to lose weight by going to the gym and eating the good stuff…
I’m going to drink less of the good but bad stuff to shift the beer belly…
And the like.
This year is no different – I want to lose some weight and see if I can turn my lone ‘ab’ into six, my bingo wings into triceps and my moobs into pecs… Ok, ok. I’m not that vein. I’d just like to be healthier and not be a panting mess when I carry the shopping in.
So what I’d do at this time of year normally, is set up a mint regime. Can’t feel the burn without a plan, can you. It’d comprise of a warm up, cardio, weights, cool down. I’d re-research fartlek, interval, FITT and circuits to get my burn on (mentally) and then explore drop-sets, negatives, rep ranges etc…
After all of this time spent re-researching and setting up the ideal fitness plan, tailored to meet my needs, I’d probably go the the gym twice before giving up. Five times max if I was ‘dedicated’.
This year is different. This year, my gym plan is this (I apologise if it’s a bit complicated for some of you):
Step 1) Find something good to listen to – I’m getting into the FI podcasts over at FIREhub.eu so that will be a good start.
Step 2) Get to gym (this bit is important and probably the hardest step).
Step 3) Go on the X-Trainer for 30 minutes.
Step 4) Repeat steps 1 to 3 for a week.
Step 5) In week 2, increase X-Trainer to 40 minutes.
Step 6) Maintain for one month and reassess weight.
After completing these six gruelling, intensive steps, I can start mixing it up with weights and circuits and stuff. Gym exercise is like index investing. Boring, but it only takes up a tiny portion of your life. Drip-by-drip and trip-by-trip, the compounding starts to kick in. Returns will be seen in an increase in wealth and decrease in weight. Does being healthier and wealthier lead to unhappiness or does it make you happier? You be the judge.
When starting, simplicity is key. Doing something is better than nothing.
I’ll keep you posted on the results.
What do you do to not be a beach whale? Let me know, if you want.
Keep flying high, FIREfly.