The Thousand Cuts Fitness Program

Leo Babauta writes about a program to get fit even if you find yourself pressed for time.

I’ve trained for marathons, triathlons, 10Ks, a 13.5-hour challenge, Ubanathlons, and more. But my favorite fitness program isn’t one where you train for a major event.

It’s where you get fit by a thousand little actions.

When the actions are tiny, they are easy. You have no excuse. You can do them anywhere, all day long.

I fold fitness into my life, like blueberries into batter, and it becomes a part of the recipe, not just a topping.

Go read Leo’s entire post for the breakdown, but the Thousand Cuts Fitness Program works on the premise of short, frequent exercise throughout your day. This is nothing new, but for those who often cite the excuse that they have no time for getting in shape, this is the program to adopt.

Since I have a desk job, I will randomly drop and do 20 push-ups or go for a 5-minute walk during my work day. Movement and action are vital to your health. The human body has excellent endurance and has evolved to support a mobile lifestyle, not a sedentary one.

If you want to jump-start your fitness routine, then start now. There will never be a better time. There never is. Life does not wait for you, so stop waiting for it to give you an opportunity. Create your own opportunity to be a healthier, happier person.

I can tell you from personal experience, if you’ve never done a pull-up before, the first time you are able to do one feels awesome. Be well.