Let me clear some stuff up for you:
MYTH: you must work out for 30 to 60 minutes a day. TRUTH: Doing something is better than doing nothing. One of my yoga teachers laughed when I told him that I did 14 minutes of yoga per day. But let’s be honest: 14 minutes daily is slightly more than 105 minutes a week, which is an adequate yoga practice in my books. If you don’t have an hour, find a way to squeeze in what you can: it will add up.
MYTH: if you quit your program, you need to start a 21 day challenge. TRUTH: If you have fallen off the wagon (or ball), don’t worry about it. Start again and don’t overdo it. Assess the reason you stopped (did you dislike what you were doing? Did something happen in your life that changed things? Did you find that you were giving up other things that mattered to you in order to be active? Build a new program around those reasons, and you are more likely to succeed. You don’t need 21 or 30 day challenges to start, you need to get real about what you want to do and what works for you and your life.
MYTH: you need to take 10,000 steps per day. TRUTH: you need to get a benchmark number and focus on taking MORE than you currently do. If you average 1,200 steps per day, try increasing to five thousand before setting your goal to ten. If you are averaging ten, try increasing to 12 or 15. Start where you are starting, rather than randomly attempting to achieve an arbitrary number of steps.
I get calls and texts every day from people who’ve lapsed. If you want a realistic program, I can help. firstname.lastname@example.org