Each day during the challenge you have to do stretches numbered 1 through 5 (out of 30), your foundational stretches. Then at day 6, you’ll do 1 through 5 and 6, and on day 18, you will do 1 through 5 and 18, and so on and so forth, holding each stretch for one minute and stretching for a total of 10 minutes a day. Sheppard confirms that the variety of stretches in this 30-day challenge was a real positive because each stretch would help target all those small muscles.
The autopilot system corresponds to our emotions and intuitions. Its cognitive processes take place mainly in the amygdala and other parts of the brain that developed early in our evolution. This system guides our daily habits, helps us make snap decisions, and reacts instantly to dangerous life-and-death situations, like saber-toothed tigers, through the freeze, fight, or flight stress response. While helping our survival in the past, the fight-or-flight response is not a great fit for modern life. We have many small stresses that are not life-threatening, but the autopilot system treats them as tigers, producing an unnecessarily stressful everyday life experience that undermines our mental and physical wellbeing. Moreover, while the snap judgments resulting from intuitions and emotions usually feel “true” because they are fast and powerful, they sometimes lead us wrong, in systemic and predictable ways.