Fitness Meme Friday: James Clear, the aggregation of marginal gains, and regular exercise.

I’m a little late today posting the blog so I’m going to make this a slightly meatier post than the usual Fitness Meme Friday quickie.

Check out the following link and the accompanying graphic below to imagine what happens when you make just a very small positive change every day in your life:  http://jamesclear.com/marginal-gains.

This is your life on regular exercise...or no regular exercise. Little efforts every day pay off big time in the future. Or, if you don't put in the time now, they don't.
This is your life on regular exercise…or no regular exercise. Little efforts every day pay off big time in the future. Or, if you don’t put in the time now, they don’t.

The basic idea is simple. Just by making a 1% improvement every day, you will eventually aggregate those gains into much larger gains. You won’t notice them immediately (who notices when they’ve saved a dollar?) but over time, you sure will (because 100 days of saving a dollar turns into 100 dollars). Fitness and health habits work in exactly the same way. Trust me on this.

Yesterday’s #every48 workout: I was insanely tired yesterday afternoon (maybe that’s one reason I know I should really work out in the morning – or maybe it’s residual Boston Marathon fatigue still working its way through my system). I got to the gym and warmed up on the bike, then did a weight training routine for about 20 minutes. Better than nothin’.

 

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