TSA#49 – Get up and move

Oct 22, 2012 by

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

-Andy Warhol,

My wife and I have been riding our bikes more lately.  All part of the latest effort to get stay in shape, and it has been great.  We are starting off slow and we ride the local trail to the beach and back, but it is nice just to get off the couch and out of the house and do something.  And that is the point of this TSA.

Just do something.

If you want something to change in your life or your world it is up to you to change it.  It is up to you to get up and go out and make it happen.   Here are some simple tips to help you get started.

Start off slow

Big things have small beginnings.  In the case of working out or getting in shape, if you are overweight and desperately out of shape, just start walking around the block.  That’s it.  One trip around the block.  Then on the next day or next week as you work up to it, walk around 2 blocks.  Repeat until you are walking up to a mile, then 2 etc.  Start small and stick with it.  Always try to do a little more than is required and you will see results.

Enlist the help of your family and friends

One of the reasons my wife and I are enjoying this new workout schedule is that we are doing it together.  It’s nice to get out with a friend or family member and spend time with them.  Enlist the help of your friends and family to help support you, encourage you, and even participate with you.  If you want to work out more, get a friend to go to the gym with your or go on runs with you.

Set goals and work toward them

Give yourself something to work for.  Having generic or nebulous goals can sometimes defeat the spirit that helps get you out of the house.  Have something specific to work toward.  Whether it be a date, or specific goal, set it up in advance, write it down and work toward it.   Tell your friends and family that are helping you about your goal.  Write it down on a piece of paper and hang it on the wall.  Then also start measuring your progress against that goal.  Chart out that last week you could only walk for 1 mile, but this week you are up to 2 miles.  When you start to see that progress being made and the activity happening it will help you keep going.

The point is to get up and do something.  It almost doesn’t even matter what it is, but do something positive that will improve your life and the life of those around you.  That is all it takes.  Do one thing and see how that small thing can make a big change.   Then keep going.  There are a whole list of ideas to get you started below.


TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s:


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