To those with long consecutive exercise streaks...

Nanna Io

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This is just a curiosity from my side more than looking for advice. :)

What is your minimum threshold for not breaking the streak? For example do you consider you must have a full workout to keep up the streak, or is doing the Daily Dare enough on some days, or maybe a stroll in the park though not intentional exercise would count as well? :)
 

TopNotch

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"Motivation is temporary. Discipline is forever."
Really, any deliberate movement - not just ambling around the house. A walk, if it's a decent length and not just to the mailbox! For me, I wouldn't accept the DD because I'm pretty sure I could squeeze in something somewhere else, even if it's a quick level 1 upperbody - but that's me. That's because on occasion, the DD is something quite quick and still, like a hold, and I want my body to move. So even if it's just the quarter squats I do while brushing my teeth, or leg raises while waiting for the kettle to boil, so long as there are some of these throughout the day if I can't do a 'workout', then that's enough. And if I'm feeling really crook, I'm quite happy to accept something gentle, like the sore feet workout, or the hands ones, just so that some part of me has moved.
 

thinman

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"I ♥ the IRON."
When I was on a streak for 2 years I never missed a day, walking was 2 hours on days off training otherwise 90 mins a day. Weights were 4 days a week and Yoga studio on other days, Tai Chi Chuan plus weapon forms for 1/2 an hour everyday. A little while ago I got covid which didn't seem like too much but after isolation period I went full force, then one morning woke up with a little pinch on my left side but didn't seem a big deal but by evening my whole sacrum area was inflamed very bad, it broke my streak.

At age 70 healing is going to take time, that was 10 weeks ago. I just have that area sore mostly in the morning on waking. I can do my Tai Chi Chuan but not always everyday and Yoga is out, bending back is dodgy and no jumping. I'm lifting weights again 4 days a week moderately and calisthenics. Walks are slow and shorter, I'm not concerned with keeping a streak right now. I have gone to the indoor swimming pool a few times and that's OK, there's a hot spa and dry sauna as well.

For me a streak is putting in some good daily effort. @Nanna Io there's no competition, just do what you can and if you break a streak it doesn't matter, take a day off.
 

JohnStrong

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"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Socrates"
It's a good question, and I believe it comes down to the individual and their exercise goals, and circumstances. For myself, any circumstantial walking or cycling does not count towards my streak. It has to be something intentional, beyond the daily movement. My threshold is fairly low (like @TopNotch). It's more about making time to intentionally exert myself physically beyond the demands of the day.

As a side note, I do think accepting failure and restarting can be a good thing. For myself, if I'm hurriedly slipping in some wrist/hand stretches before bed just to maintain an exercise streak, the cart has gotten in front of the horse. Rather than maintain a streak at all costs, it would be better for me to make time to figure out how to make exercising easier to choose, e.g. review my big picture goals, make it more fun, go outside, different time of day, more variety, etc.
 

thinman

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"I ♥ the IRON."
@thinman sorry to hear about your sacrum, hopefully it will clear up soon!
Thanks muchly @Nanna Io, I've gone to advanced Yoga classes for many years but as I'm getting older (70) I would still keep up with the mobility practice done theses days. People have less mobility as they age and the style of Yoga now is aimed at younger women, a lot of hip stretch and back bending like wild thing or flip your dog. I've decided not to go to Yoga classes now and anything Yoga like I'll do at home. One of my Yoga teachers teaching the Dragon Dance was doing it a bit fast for me and then she tells everyone ok let pick it up (speed wise), it's an hour long. I have read that we do lose mobility in the sacroiliac joint getting older.

My wife Mary Ann (67) goes hiking with her friends or official walking groups on various nature trails 2+ hours almost every day. Any other time we walk everywhere except for grocery shopping. She uses the pool more often than me, goes down with our neighbour. Snow at times now, Mary Ann also went for bicycle rides with a group on Sundays when the weater was milder.

Because of my training I'd get up at 5am so I can get my Tai Chi forms all done before work at 7:30am, I still get up at 5am and never use an alarm.
 
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Montserrat

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Yeah. more or less the same for me. Intentionally doing some form of exercise, no matter how light, will maintain the streak. In practice, this means that I pretty much always accomplish that. It does help to give me that necessary nudge on days that I really don't feel like doing anything.

Still, I did break my streak a few times. This was when I really was sick or injured, or when I was spending time away from home. Removed my badge on those occasions.
 

Andi64

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A bit late to the party, but here it goes:
I don't do streaks. I workout 5 days a week (warmup, DD, difficulty 3-4 workout+EC on level lII), or at least try to. I go for drinks on Friday night and rest over the weekend. I do not consider walking as a workout. I have no car and walking is my main means of transport anyway.
 

Nanna Io

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A bit late to the party, but here it goes:
I don't do streaks. I workout 5 days a week (warmup, DD, difficulty 3-4 workout+EC on level lII), or at least try to. I go for drinks on Friday night and rest over the weekend. I do not consider walking as a workout. I have no car and walking is my main means of transport anyway.

I actually miss my no car days. It’s too easy once you got one to rely on it.
 

thinman

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"I ♥ the IRON."
I actually miss my no car days. It’s too easy once you got one to rely on it.
Almost my whole life I rode my bicycle to work everyday till I got a job working for a builder and the ride would be an hour one way, so used my car then. I never got back to riding a bicycle.

Years ago I rode my bike to work and Gregg was inspire to ride his and being a musician wrote this tune . . .

 
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mavie

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I don't count streaks anymore but i keep an eye on it nevertheless. This means i want to do something every day and i have discussions in my mind if a certain thing is enough or not and that usually makes me move more than i intended initially. The hard part is always to get started anyway. But sometimes i decide to do nothing because i really can't/don't want to/whatever. Maintaining a streak tends to stress me now but it helped to establish a routine in the beginning.
 
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