Wednesday, October 2, 2013


 Nothing lifts me out of a bad mood better

than a hard workout on my treadmill. It never fails.

Exercise is nothing short of a miracle.

~ Cher

My last post was about eliminating calories by changing eating habits. Now let's learn about exercising for fun...or "fun-ercising".  Don't make a face or roll your eyes.  All movement burns calories.  But some things will burn more calories than others, and they can be fun. 

The first thing to remember is...if you have a sedentary lifestyle, are overweight, have a high risk of coronary heart disease or some other chronic health challenge, see your doctor for a medical evaluation before beginning any physical activity program.  People who cut enough calories from their diet will lose weight whether they exercise or not.  But those who cut calories AND exercise will see the pounds melt away faster and are more likely to keep their new streamlined body. 

Not adding some kind of fun movement is one reason why dieters generally gain back the weight and become so frustrated.  Exercise seems to be a common stumbling block for people who want to lose weight.  They hate it or don't have time for it.

First, let's address the "I hate it" factor.  To turn exercise into "fun-ercise":

*Take tennis lessons or try golf, both great ways to incorporate exercise and build friendships.

*Go bike riding. What a great way to exercise, especially if you have a bike trail near your home.  It's Also a wonderful family activity.

*The best exercise is walking.  It's free, easy on the joints, and a great way to get you up and out of the house.  It also gives you a chance to meet your neighbors.

*How about roller blading, dancing, power-shopping (although this could prove expensive), joining a softball team, bowling...the possibilities are endless.

Now let’s address the “I don’t have time” factor.  In reality, we all have the same 24 hours, so this is about priorities not time.  If you absolutely cannot reprioritize anything, try these tips:

*Park in the spot farthest from the door.

*Always use the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator.

*Move!  If you sit most of the day, get up every hour and walk somewhere.

*Clean!  Vacuum your house, clean the windows, water the plants, mow the lawn, etc.

*Most importantly...don't make excuses for not doing any physical activity.  If you can't do a lot, do a little.  It's really important to start.

~~Take Action~~ 

Add some type of physical activity to your routine every day.  Use your Food Diary notebook or the phone app that you downloaded to track calories in (food intake) and calories burned (all of your physical activity).  There is no activity too small to record. 

When you stop throwing hurdles in front of yourself, I know you will find some activity...or fun-ercise...that you enjoy.



This Post is excerpted from my class, "6 Powerful Weight Control Strategies"


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