The problem is the solution

Have you ever thought you’d tried everything to solve a problem, only to find out that there was one thing you hadn’t considered changing that was the linchpin to your success?

I have.

Over the years, I’ve worked with many different people, from many different backgrounds. One such person has been a hard worker, both in work and life, for as long as he can remember. For a couple of years prior to the lockdowns, we had experimented with his training program to help him be more consistent. We would change the movements in his routine, and even shorten his solo training days to only require 35 minutes for training (to give him enough time to commute to and from the gym and take a shower before heading to work). None of these changes resulted in developing a consistent habit that would lead to the objectives we were working on together.

It wasn’t until a few months into the lockdown, with both of us stuck at home and training together virtually, that we would stumble upon the answer. It’s easy to say that when something is important, you should make time for it. Sometimes though, life isn’t that simple. Instead of figuring out ways to carve more time out for training each day, we decided to look at how much time he already had available to him. We figured that 35 minutes was too much time. Heck, so was 30. And for consistency sake, 25 minutes was even pushing it. So, we came up with a routine that was less than 25 minutes long. It allowed him enough time to grab water or do a bio break between meetings AND still squeeze in his training. Now, nearly a year after we started this new routine, he’s been able to train consistently 3-4 times a week for the first time in over a decade.

Experiences like this have led me to conclude that traditional ideas around how long a workout should be isn’t set in stone at the arbitrary time frames of 30, 45 or even 60 minutes. And it was due to this shift in my thinking that 10 Minutes to Better was created. When you feel overwhelmed by all the responsibilities weighing on you each day, knowing that your physical wellness can be addressed in digestible 10-minute increments helps reduce the stress around “getting your workout in.”

Just a little progress each day builds upon itself. When you think you don’t have enough time, consider whether that’s really the case or if your expectations of how much time you should commit is a bit unrealistic at the moment. After that, figure out what will work for you, and start experimenting today.

The takeaway here is:

  • To progress, focusing on less leads to more (of what you want).

Concentrate your energy on building the habits that will allow you to train consistently, so you can live life without restrictions.

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Chris Gaines

I help people discover the impact of athleticism in their everyday life. With that clarity, they navigate misconceptions around fitness. With that focus, they pursue movement skills with intention and a larger purpose. All so they can face life's everyday challenges and grow with confidence.

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