Reasons to Exercise

by Neil on December 4, 2008

Father and son
Creative Commons License photo credit: Enid Yu

In the words of Brett from 6 Weeks “fail early, fail often”. That’s been the story for me these past weeks when it comes to exercise.

Now in all fairness I believe that Brett advocates learning from those mistakes. While I am in favour of that idea, I just haven’t been able to put it into practise. I just can’t get back on that horse.

It’s the most bizarre thing! I have a desire to be in better shape, I don’t want to be an tired old man when my son is ready to play ball. So I think it’s time to change things, yet I haven’t been able to put that motivation into practice. I don’t want to be a heart attack waiting to happen when I’m 50, yet I do nothing.

Now understand that I don’t eat poorly, my diet is fairly balanced. I have a weakness for snack food, but I try to limit myself. I’m also not in bad shape, I know people who are worse. However, I don’t want to slide down this slope. I fear that if I keep going things will only get worse and then it will be a truly monumental battle to fix.

I realize all of these things, yet I have done nothing.

As I write this I wonder, what type of a kick in the pants do I need?

I know what is required, I know how to eat healthy, what exercise to do. I don’t need to read a book to learn ‘how’. I know how.

I also know why I want these things, I’ve outlined it above.

I have come to the realization that I know where I want to be, I know what is required to get there. I have a road map if you will. What I need to do is break it down. I need to get very specific regarding the process.

What I need to do is set tiny goals. On his blog Brett lists his weekly objectives, one of them is “Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! daily”. He’s created a list. That’s what I need to do, create a list combined with small daily goals.

This takes me back to my post the other week on SMART Goal Setting. I need to create specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time sensitive goals regarding exercise.

So here they are:

  • Specific: I will be working out to Tony Horton’s Power Half Hour. I already own it so there is no capital to be spent.
  • Measurable: I have some weight to loose, I’ll monitor this on a weekly basis (no I’m not sharing the numbers, at least not at this point).
  • Achievable: I’ve experimented with this workout series in the past, I know it’s on a level I can handle.
  • Realistic: Working out 5 or 6 times a week for 30 minutes each is realistic.
  • Time: Thirty minutes a day, 5 or 6 times a week. I will continue this for a 3 month period and then I will review my progress to make adjustments.

This is achievable. With some perseverance I will succeed.

I may fail on occasion with exercise, but I hope that I am done with failing often.

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Brett Legree 12.04.08 at 7:24 pm

Hi Neil,

This is great – you’re going to do this, you know – you’ve got a great plan and you will succeed.

(Thanks for the ping by the way)

You *are* finished with failing often. That’s the other part of mantra that is sort of unspoken – “fail early, fail often – right at the beginning – get that stuff out of the way – and then you succeed – you win”.

It is simply amazing once you get into the habit of doing this and you will experience the same thing I have.

Last night I felt super lazy and tired. My eyelids were heavy around 10:30 – but I couldn’t let myself down. I couldn’t let my wife down, or my kids, my friends, everyone out here.

So I picked up my kettle bells and hit them *really hard*. After 30 seconds I was wide awake and it felt great.

Then I slept like a rock!

You’re going to do this, my friend.


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Larry Bargers 12.04.08 at 8:13 pm

Great! Sometimes the hardest part is making a set of goals and sticking to them.

I have achieved success through a similar routine, and now I am truely happy with my physique, my energy levels and my sex life is amazing.

Good luck to you my friend! Keep us informed of your progress.

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Neil 12.05.08 at 10:43 am

Brett -> Thanks for the support. No problem on the ping.

Larry -> Thanks for the encouragment.

Friar 12.06.08 at 12:50 am


Yes, but I DO tend to get sleepy, after you leave at 11:30 PM, and we’d been drinking beerz all evening.

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Carrie 01.21.09 at 3:58 pm

This is great goal setting for exercising! My reasons for exercising are to be fit & healthy so I can live a long happy life and so that my husband never loses interest in me! I believe that just because I’m married doesn’t mean I should let my body and looks go stray. I think I work harder now than I did before to look good for my husband. It definately keeps the spark alive! Best of luck to you on your exercise goals! Stay Fit…Stay Happy!

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