Some people love to exercise. You see them at 7:00 am every morning, racing around the block. If you're one of them, you probably won't be reading this newsletter. ;-)
Because for most of us, the word "exercise" just brings up all sorts of
negative thoughts and feelings. We just don't like the idea of getting
up in the early morning and forcing ourselves to do some kind of
activity we hate.
Well, think about this for a second. Do you like to dance? Bowl? Play golf? Go for walks in the evening to enjoy the spring flowers, summer crickets, or fall colors?
If you look in any book about exercising, you'll see that all of those activities are burning calories.
The things you enjoy doing are actually exercise -- just in another form!
That's the key to the whole thing. To lose weight, you know that you have to balance the calorie intake (food), with the calorie burning. It's that easy: if intake is bigger than expense, you'll gain weight, and if expense is bigger than intake, you'll lose weight.
The key here is that when you bowl, golf, play with the kids, or ride your bike to the park, you're engaging in fun movement.
If you're sweating on a Stairmaster or lifting heavy weights and you're not enjoying it then you will most probably not stick to it.
But just moving our bodies is natural and easy. You don't need to spend time in the gym. You can move your body in a way that feels good to you and by just adding more movement into your daily activities you will soon start losing weight.
Off course, this will be a slow process. Don't get impatient. It will be slow, but steady. And the best of it: you will keep your weight, because you have changed your way of life. No more jo-jo effect.
Forget about "exercising" -- look at the activities you enjoy, and see how you can use them to add more movement and play into your life - and, "by accident", exercise!
Also, there are little things you can do as part of your daily routine that don't take additional time. Carry your grocery bags out to the car instead of using a shopping cart. Or, do some stretching while you're lying down on the sofa watching television.
Take some baby steps and see if you enjoy moving a bit more than you currently are moving.