Which physical activities do you like the most?
Well, I enjoy the most when I can unleash my competitiveness, high energy, add to it some experimentation and have the feeling of being fit. It all fits into my philosophy of “why” I like active sports.
Although I like many sports activities such as playing basketball 4-on-4, jogging, doing high-intense interval training, swimming, aikido and trekking but nothing beats a jumping rope workout. There was a famous study done, more info here, that basically says that jumping rope workouts are the best cardio workouts that are out there. So, on top of being an entertaining exercise tool it’s a perfect workout.
Which benefits do you get from your workouts? How does sport affect your life?
Is it easy to integrate your sport routine into work? How do you plan your workouts?
Well, it’s always a challenge. To get it done I try to reduce complexity in my weekly schedule and in the day-to-day activities. On my calendar, I reserve time blocks for sports and have one day as an optional day to workout if I miss one of the scheduled days. So, for example, I work out on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and an extra day is Saturday. So, I if I miss Monday or Wednesday or Friday then I work out on Saturday.
Regarding daily activities I try to simplify and overcome barriers that prevent me from avoiding a workout, for example I:
- Know which exercises to perform during the workout in advance in order not to lose concentration & motivation
- Find a nearby gym that I like and a place to work out if the gym is closed
- Always have everything prepared for a workout at home
- Not in the mood? Then I put some songs to get me pumped up for the exercise
- When I don’t want to work out, I always remember the feeling of accomplishment that I get after it.
To sum up, it’s important to know yourself and set some workarounds to get you moving towards your exercise in case mood or weather has an impact on your mental state.
Another thing is not to put pressure on yourself. I mean, I accept that I will be living a physically active life and it’s not a lose-10kg-in-three-months program. I seek consistency. It’s the critical approach that serves me well. The small thing that makes all the difference in the end.
Regarding the results that I want, I try to change workouts and sometimes play basketball, attend flexibility classes or high-intensity workouts. It is fun! But lately, I don’t need that much of variation. It’s just in case I want to change a routine.
How do you motivate yourself to continue your workouts?
What do you think which habits in life help us achieve goals?
How to develop appropriate habits to help do sports?
By connecting triggers to the habit and the good feeling that the practice brings. It’s well described in a book called “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg. The book explains well the concept of habit and how it works. Below is the sketch made by the author.
What do you think how long does it take to develop good habits and achieve goals?
How often per week do you do your exercises and is it enough for you?
Is it important for you to track your results?
Is sport a part of your life? How much do you want to exercise in the future?
Thank you! 💪 👍