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.
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.