Since I started blogging about weight loss there is one subject I haven’t really tackled, so I thought I’d mention it today. Whilst it is perfectly possible to lose weight without exercise, I think it is definitely easier when you incorporate it and kind of fits with the idea of a healthy lifestyle in general.
I can almost see your reaction though and hear all your reasons why you just can’t fit it in! I know its hard when you have a family and a job and lots of other commitments, so how can you get the benefits without making it a chore and just another thing to fail at?
It occurred to me that there are a couple of things to be learned about exercising and simply getting the benefits of exercise in a very simple way;
I don’t know about yours but mine are always on the go. Sure they watch a bit of TV and play on their computers but they run around without even thinking about it. They chase each other around the house (not always a benefit for me!) and skip along ahead when we go places. They increase the movement of their bodies and the speed at which they move naturally. They have to play outside 3 times a day when they are in school, weather permitting, and they enjoy having the fun and fresh air. What if you just moved a bit quicker, ran up the stairs, parked your car further away from the entrance and incorporated a bit more movement into your day?
Government recommendations are for 30 minutes of activity that raises your heart rate every day. I think that may be higher for children but they get that naturally and easily. Think about how you could do that. There is also evidence that these 30 minutes can be just as beneficial broken up into 10 minute sections making it even easier to incorporate. If you’re feeling really adventurous you could even play with the children and see how you keep up!
Stepping back in time to a bygone era I remember the time when my diet was atrocious and yet I was really slim. As a first year student I regularly ate junk food (sorry, mum!), grabbed takeaway because my housemates hadn’t cleaned their dirty plates from the kitchen and lived off cooked breakfasts from the canteen because I got up too late to eat before my first lecture! How did I keep so slim? Clubbing. (First year, remember.) I went out clubbing 3 times a week on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday and along with my housemates we danced for hours at a time. We had fun, but we were getting exercise. Did I think of it as my exercise programme? No. Did it keep me fit and slim? Definitely. Did I stop because I got bored? No, because I had more work to do. 😉
So if you can find something fun to do you are less likely to stop doing it. Think of the Zumba craze that is currently sweeping the nation. People are doing it because it is fun and they enjoy the exercise but if you don’t have time to go to a class then an iPod, a stereo anything you have that will play lively music will do just as well. Tonight is our school disco so I might just relive my uni days and strut my stuff with the kids on the dance floor!
A great many of us were turned off exercise as children if we perhaps weren’t that great at or didn’t enjoy school PE lessons but it doesn’t have to be like that. The keys to increasing your exercise and rasing your heart rate are in making it fun, natural and habitual.
Let me know how you incorporate a bit of exercise into your daily routine below – I always like to hear your thoughts and ideas too.