A VERY SIMPLE WORKOUT STRATEGY
Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. If you are going to embrace the Paleo lifestyle, you really should consider an exercise regimen as well. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy, like some weight training program from a roided-out pro bodybuilder or the training of a high-level athlete.
In fact, if you all you can muster is a 30-minute walk every day, that’s a big deal. One of the biggest problems with modern life, is how sedentary we are nowadays. Many people sit at a desk all day long and then they sit on the couch in the evening, usually with a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, engaging in social media sites.
So if you can walk every day for half an hour, good for you! Keep it up!
If you want a little more but you’re one of those people that struggle with sticking to your workouts, forget complicated, multi-exercise programs.
Start by focusing on making exercises a habit so that it becomes part of your life routine. And the easiest way to do this is not just to workout first thing in the morning but to make the workout unbelievably simple!
How do you make it so simple that you never skip a workout? Easy! As soon as you roll out of bed, start exercising! You can make it as simple as one exercise, just make a start!
Here are some workout examples.
Roll out of bed and do X number of bodyweight squats (such as 50!) If you can’t do 50 straight take rests when you need it and keep track of the time it takes to complete all 50 and try and beat that time the next time you do it. Or, reverse it and do bodyweight squats for 7 minutes, resting when you need to and keep track of how many you do. Next time, try and do more in that 7 minutes.
You could do a different exercise each day for a week and then repeat.
Maybe like this:
Monday Bodyweight Squats
Tuesday Push Ups
Thursday Jumping Jacks
Friday Jump Lunges
Saturday Jump Rope
Modify the exercises to fit you. If you have knee issues or are severely overweight or out of shape, burpees and jump lunges may not be for you. That’s fine. Do normal squats instead of the burpees. Or you could try regular lunges instead of jump lunges.
Not strong enough for the push ups? Do them from your knees. Or do them on a wall, with your feet a few feet away so you have to lean into the wall.
If push-ups are too easy, do a more difficult version, such as explosive push ups, clap push ups, or spiderman push ups.
Once you’ve done that for a few weeks and exercise becomes the normal thing you do in the morning, you can start doing multi-exercise routines. We’ll talk more about this in the training section.
Another option would be to set an appointment with yourself. Instead of having a workout scheduled for Tuesday, you should have an appointment with yourself to workout on Tuesday at 6 pm. You’ll be much more likely to keep this commitment.