Something that goes hand in hand with good eating is exercise. There is an old saying that you can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet, but you need both components for healthy weight loss, or to be healthy in general. I know it’s hard.
Fit exercise into your busy schedule? That’s as absurd as saying that there are eight days in a week. Not to mention that when you are overweight you will do anything to avoid it. In high school I would have faked PMS to get out of gym class!
First, you’ve never exercised before or regularly played a sport. Second, you’ve never been into the fitness crowd and third, you’re far too busy to even think about exercise. In other words, you’re just not into it.
Of course your friends talk about it and rave about the latest fitness craze, but you’ve seen it too often, some of them are on the “on-again-off-again” treadmill / stair master mania, and you wonder why they haven’t shed the fat that they’re desperately still trying to hide. Seeing what your friends go through and not seeing any results, you cling to the notion that your total lack of interest is justified.
First of all, forget what everyone else is doing and whether it works for them or not. You need to find out what works for you!
Once you’ve accepted the fact that exercise is good for your health, then you can consider some of the ways you can include it into your life. The top 3 health concerns that people face today are all easily preventable with a balanced diet and regular exercise: Osteoporosis, Heart Disease and Diabetes.
So what are the benefits of exercise?
Well, if you make exercise part of your day, Denise Austin believes you’ll quickly experience some noticeable benefits.
- Waking up in the morning feeling refreshed
- Having energy left at the end of the day
- Feeling more optimistic about recreation
- Sleeping more soundly at night
- Weight loss
So how do you start?
Here are some easy to implement ways you can incorporate Fitness into your daily life to get started:
Just as ergonomic experts recommend that office workers take their eyes off their computer screen every hour or so, fitness experts are advocating getting up from your chair and taking a brisk walk up and down the stairs. It is being said now that sitting is the new smoking.
When you feel the need to take a break, offer to pick up supplies for your colleagues, take the mail downstairs instead of waiting for the trolley, or think of something you could put in your car instead of waiting until 5 pm. That way, you force yourself to get up from your seat and walk for a few minutes. Some companies are even having walking meetings.
This can be one of the most fun! On the weekends when you join the family in their activities, try to integrate exercise into these activities: if the kids or grand-kids are into cycling, join them for bike rides. Are they off to their swimming lessons or skating lessons? See if you can sign up in the adults section, or take a walk outside the recreational center while waiting for them. Even playing in the park with them is exercise. Chase a Frisbee, blow some bubbles, play tag, and be a kid again.
Chores Are Workouts!
Who says you can’t burn calories while doing housework or gardening? Take a breather from your hectic schedule and devote some down time to tending to your lawn, trimming your rose bushes, scrubbing the kitchen and bathroom floors, etc.
Walk, don’t Drive!
Park your car far away so you can walk to the front door of the office, to the entrance of the mall, to the doctor’s office and to the post office.
Just start by incorporating 10-20 minutes of movement a day that you wouldn’t normally do and watch your health increase!
Before I sign off, I want to let you know about some changes. I have shut down the website for Get Healthy with Bacon but kept the domain. It will now direct you to my Facebook page, where I will continue to post weight loss, diet and health tips, so please stay with me.
I am moving away from coaching and more towards motivational speaking, which will allow me to use my other skills (ventriloquism and comedy) to share my message. I will still be doing the blog, I will be continuing the Facebook page and now you can find me on Instagram under http://www.instagram.com/healthybacon.
I am still passionate about healthy weight loss. I am just taking that passion in a new direction.
Until next time, have a healthy and happy day!