Last year, in August, I caught pneumonia.

I was in bed for a week and had to cancel my trip to Odessa, Ukraine, to visit my parents in law.

I had a lot of time to think, and made a vow, to turn 2020 into my year of health:

So from January, I worked out at least 5 times a week (mainly boxing classes), started stretching, and went on regular walks.

I started feeling like I was in the best shape of my life.

Then came the coronavirus:

From the moment my gym closed, I have not worked out a single time.

I was confined at home most of the time, spending lots of time with my family and in front of my computer.

And I really started to feel stiff, lazy and apathetic instead of inspired and enthusiastic.

Today, I’m getting back to working out!

I know I don’t need to go to the gym to workout, I can find simple exercises like doing situps and pushups to stay in shape, and go for short runs early in the morning to get all sweaty and feel fitter as well as more energized.

But the key is to get started, and build some momentum!

So today, I invite you to commit to a routine that does not overwhelm us, and we know we can find the time for it. If you are not used to working out, go for a longer walk (if you can where you live), or alternatively, stand up more- for example whenever you are doing phone calls.

If you have been working out before this period of isolation, then I’d like you to use the 7-minute Workout application (for Android users) for tomorrow’s challenge- for the simple reason that it’s for free for the first week, it is easy to commit to 7 minutes, and the app lets you build your workout according to your personal preferences and needs.

If you don’t like this app, you can check out:

However, in case you do not feel in shape for this kind of formal workout, go for an early morning walk, or do some easy stretches.

Next, take your phone and pick a time for tomorrow in which you can do your workout, and set yourself a reminder. You can actually set yourself a reminder directly from 7 Minute Workout.

Finally, choose an accountability partner who will call you in the evening tomorrow to see how you did with your workout- you can offer to do the same for them if they would also like to start working out. I have already spoken to my wife, so there will be no way out for me. 😉

Day 4: Workout for 7 minutes

The challenge for tomorrow is to do at least one seven-minute workout- with the help of the 7-Minute Workout App (for Android users).

I know 7 minutes is not much, but that is why making a firm commitment is even more important…

In addition, I suggest you make fitness a theme for the entire day and use any opportunity to move your body, whether this means getting up on a regular basis, playing hide and seek with your kids, or going for a short run (if you can, and if you can avoid contact with people).

Speak soon!

Warm regards, Allon

PS. Let me know how your transitional routine has been going today, and whether it has helped you reduce feelings of stress and overwhelm!

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