Building a better, more stable wagon

Last week I talked about how to salvage things and get back on the wagon if you happen to fall off it. While useful, it would be even better if we could limit the chances of slip-ups and provide a softer landing when we do, perhaps even creating a more powerful wagon while we’re at it.

Today’s post will be about a few strategies we can employ in order to make this happen. Let’s get to it.

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You’ve fallen off the wagon, now what?

You don’t have to be in the exercise game long to experience the dreaded fall off the wagon. You turn around one idle Thursday afternoon and realise that you haven’t seen the inside of a gym since… Well, you aren’t sure. You had that after-work drinks that went on a bit longer than intended and there was no point sacrificing sleep the next day. Had to miss that session, but you’re sure you intended to make it up. And then a few days ago you had your boss in the next cubicle – couldn’t really risk a set of toilet squats with that kind of audience.

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Essential home training equipment

Pictured – my dream home gym setup

Although the main focus of Everyday Exercise is not on hardcore strength training, I do feel very strongly that having a solid strength regime you go to 3-4 times a week is a Very Good Thing for everybody to implement.

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Relax, you can’t fail at this

A query I didn’t see coming when I released the book was from people worried about the effect on their sanity that the tactics and strategies I propose in the book could have.

The worry was that, in an already stress-filled, information-overloaded modern life, people would be giving themselves yet more to worry about, yet more things they should be doing and have to beat themselves up about when they inevitably fail once or twice (or repeatedly, like human beings tend to do).

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Setting up a baseline exercise regime

The header image is completely irrelevant, but it came up when I image-searched for “travel exercise” and I loved it, so it was a done deal at that point…

Firstly, I want to apologise for the lack of a post last week. I’m aiming for at least one a week and I totally messed up this time. Between moving out of my apartment, finishing a big project in work, preparing for a trip to Boston, trying to cram in lots of time with a good friend who’s now emigrated and then having said trip to Boston, I basically failed to make time for writing.

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The Doctor

In a break from the regularly scheduled programming, I present to you a short story I wrote recently.

I wrote it for a competition over at The Write Practice, and although I didn’t win, it was shortlisted and over the course of many rewrites and with the help of lots of beta reader feedback (thanks guys!) I have gotten the story to a point where I’m happy to share it anyway.

I hope you enjoy it!

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What’s going to kill you?

Believe it or not, this is the least violent time to be alive in human history. We have relatively few war-torn areas, violent crimes are rarer than they used to be and even sexual crimes are less prevalent.

It may not feel that way though. It feels like we hear about murders and rapes and bombings every day, an unrelenting tide that brings in new atrocities with it each morning, washing them up on our newsfeeds and subreddits.

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Benefits of using the “wrong” hand

I’d say Jake’s a man who exercises a bit, eh?!

This is a simple trick to make life a little more interesting, and challenge your body and brain in a new way.

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Defining the Everyday Exercise mission

I was at a talk by Christopher Murphy recently (at the awesome HybridConf2015), where he spoke about the importance of defining your mission. It got me thinking that I should try to solidify the somewhat vague mission of Everyday Exercise and get it out there for all–especially me–to see.

You might think it’s a bit crazy that I’m doing this now, after the first version of the book has already been released. It is perhaps a bit backwards, I’ll give you that.

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My friends/family/pet lizard think I’m crazy!

Continuing the theme of commonly-asked-questions, I’ll turn today to addressing the concern many people have that, by implementing some of the strategies in Everyday Exercise, people will think they’re insane.

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