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Why you don't exercise every day

Because you are an idiot.

Can you save a life?

But that's harsh, so let me explain why this makes you an idiot. There was an article posted to HN yesterdayabout why people don't go to the gym, it included a simple motivational technique of paying yourself to go.

After commenting that the only thing it takes to go to the gym every day is to go to the gym every day, I was downvoted to oblivion. But there's really nothing more to it than that. You can sugar coat it whichever way you want, you can come up with dozens of motivational techniques - in the end, all it takes is going.

Even if you don't go to the gym every day, you should still make sure to exercise daily. Here's how you do it:

  1. Day 1 - exercise when you wake up
  2. Day 2 - exercise when you wake up
  3. Day 3 - exercise when you wake up
  4. Day 4 - eh you've exercised three days in a row, might as well do it again
  5. Day N - do the default thing

After a couple of days you have to make a conscius effort not to exercise. The default action is simply to exercise and as humans we love nothing more than not having to make a decision. This is also known as the Seinfeld motivational technique by the way.

Exercise also does a better job of waking you up than coffee, thought I'd mention that.

BUT!

I don't have time

Richard Branson is one of the busiest humans alive, this is what he has to say about exercising daily:

Tim Ferriss tells this story about how Richard Branson was once asked the single biggest thing most people could do to increase productivity. Due to the fact that he's one of the busiest men on the planet, every single person in the audience leaned forward with bated breath. His answer? Exercise daily. It improves the quality of your sleep, so you need less. It makes you more emotionally stable, so you're more motivated. And most importantly, it increases mental clarity, so you're more focused through-out the day. Branson said that it gives him multiple hours more productivity every day. It's bull to say you don't have enough time every day to exercise; if you're that busy then in fact you don't have enough time to NOT exercise.

And if you're anything like the average person who spends a bunch of time commuting, watching television and browsing the online ... you have no right to complain about lack of time.

It cuts into family time

A popular complaint in the HN discussion was that exercise cuts into quality time with their families.

Sure ... but one day your building will catch fire, or you'll have a car crash, or _something_. Can you be there for your family when family time involves saving the people you love from death?

No, your flabby office worker muscles won't cut it and that beer+pizza belly won't help either. Every man should be able to save his life, and the lives of those he loves! Since this is the 21st century, women should too.

Exercise is hard!

Nobody cares. You're fat, you're flabby and you are useless in an emergency. Spending 30 minutes every day doing some basic exercises is nothing compared to the dividends it pays in pretty much all areas of your life.

And if you don't care about any of that, then do it to make the world a prettier place, one flabby human at a time.

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Published on January 15th, 2012 in Gym, Motivation, Physical exercise, Richard Branson, Tim Ferriss, Timothy Ferriss, Uncategorized

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