2 years back, I was scrolling through YouTube and stumbled on a video by David Goggins. He was explaining how jogging every day has massively changed the trajectory of his life.
Although this might be a difficult habit to adopt, it struck me as something I needed to do.
Then, I was overweight and unhappy. I was always watching Youtube videos without applying any of the ideas to my life.
At that moment, I started jogging and persisted every day. Weeks after that, I started adding other physical activities to my daily routine.
In this article, I will outline 5 physical activities I adopted which has changed my life for the better. I know this will help you get better too.
Let’s dive in!
Jogging consistently every morning has improved me both physically and mentally. I wake up at 4:00 in the morning every day. I put on my running shoes and without thinking too much, I start jogging to my destination.
By jogging every day non-stop I have lost over 100 pounds, improved my brain functioning and reduced the number of hospital visits to almost zero.
If you want to turn jogging into a habit, use the concept of Atomic habits by James Clear and start small. Make it so easy that it is even silly not to go through with it. Start with a 2–5-minute jog for the first week. Then the next week. When you start getting comfortable with it, increase the number of minutes and progressively start adding more minutes when your body gets used to the exertion.
If you have not done any pushups before, you might first feel reluctant to add them to your list of daily exercises.
However, pushups are one of the best upper body exercises that will improve your posture and build your muscles faster. Just like jogging, it helps you lose weight and also improves your brain functioning.
When it comes down to implementation, start small with 2-10 pushups and progressively add more when you get stronger.
When you feel the need to challenge yourself, use this YouTube video to do more difficult and complicated pushup exercises.
This particular one is about my brother.
By doing squats every day and progressively adding more it to over time, he now manages to do at least 500 squats in one go. He now has well-defined athletic legs and his overall health has improved.
By achieving this feat, he has acquired the mental toughness that can be applied to other areas of his life.
Circling back to me, I also currently manage to do 200-250 squats every day. But since my brother has been doing it longer than me, I don’t beat myself over it. And I will advise you not to feel down when you don’t have the strength to do even 30 or 50 reps. It is all about lean progression.
If you intend to add squats to your everyday life, do it in little drops. Start with 10 squats and start increasing it as your legs get stronger.
During my jogging sessions, I insert a 10-minute brisk walk when I feel like resting my legs.
It helps me to continue exerting my legs in an easy way. The fact is brisk walking is what I like to call hyper-walking. You move faster as compared to normal everyday walking.
You burn more calories along the way which increases your chances of achieving your goals.
I added cycling to my routine like 6 months ago.
It has been an enjoyable experience. It helps me to flex my leg muscles and has improved my ability to perform more squats. Yes, this exercise works like a system and improves your performance of other habits in your life.
Due to these benefits, my 20-year brother tags along when I am going on my cycling adventures.
If you don’t currently own a bike, get a cheaper one on Amazon or any nearby store in your community. In addition, add other safety gear like helmets to ensure you don’t hurt yourself during your rides.
Cycling consistently equals a strong body and you need a strong body to achieve your goals in life.
These simple physical activities will help you attain a fit body which will flow into other areas of your life.
In addition, check our physical hobbies page for more ideas.