Here it is, the final reveal! Part 3 of our series on staying skinny is simply to get moving. Are you surprised? I bet you’re considering clicking away from this article, but here is why you should stick around: You are already moving.
Make sure you consult your physician before starting any exercise regimen and diet. Remember, the points discussed in this series are merely a suggested lifestyle and consulting a physician is highly recommended for you to achieve your weightloss goals safely.
If you are having trouble getting started to exercise or move to a point that is beneficial to your health, you need to start somewhere. Particularly if you are considered overweight and don’t have muscles and joints used to vigorous movement, go easy on your self. Take a moment to think about what you do on a daily basis. You may walk around the house while getting ready to go out, walk from your car in the parking lot to your desk at work, or carry groceries from the store to your car (perhaps some bulk items from Costco!). Next time you make these movements, do them twice. Really.
Take a couple laps around your house while you get ready for work. Find the parking spot furthest away from the front door of your office building and park there. Ditch the shopping cart at the door of the supermarket and walk to your car with grocery bags in hand (assuming you don’t have too much to carry!). Doing some of these moves as you would normally does very little, as our bodies are used to the activity. Step it up a notch by doing it twice, or more if time allows. Eventually, you can take your exercise routine to the next level.
The common sports and exercise choices are, without fail, the moves that will offer you the most dramatic, positive effects on your body. Let’s face it, not all of us are capable of running or cycling regularly, whether your body can’t take it or your schedule just won’t have room to squeeze it in. One thing everyone can do safely: walk. Research continues to show that the best form of exercise on the planet is walking. “A study of almost 50,000 Americans finds brisk walking can be just as effective at reducing heart health risks like high blood pressure and cholesterol as going on a full-speed run.” stated in an article from CBS News. Spend ten minutes in the morning, ten minutes on your lunch hour, and another ten minutes before bed, and you have 30 minutes of brisk, beneficial exercise a day under your belt.
There is no question that moving on a daily basis is challenging for each and every one of us. What we believe to be “more important” tasks take up the minutes and hours that we may have free, which leads me to ask: who or what is more important than you? All the parents out there are likely thinking: “well, my kids are!” But have you stopped at all to consider that you might be better for your kids if you begin to take better care of your health? Not only will you reduce the risk of life threatening disease, but you will set the best example possible for them, avoiding the need for articles like these in the future.
Growing up, my family was always active. Well into their 80s, my grandparents still opt to walk to the local French market rather than hop in the car. Regardless of where you are, or the excuse that you give yourself, make time for your family and be active. Turn off the tv and have a little fun outside, or spend a few hours at a museum and exercise your brain as well. No matter what you decide to do, think to yourself: will I take a few extra steps by doing that thing today? If the answer is yes, get to it without any reservations. Not only does your body benefit, but your family and friends will get to enjoy your newly happy company.
Getting movement in to your daily routine, and then some, does not need to be groundbreaking. Little steps and twists to what you are already doing and considering choices that help you keep going are all it takes to start living a healthier lifestyle. No tricks or gimmicks, just life.
To wrap up our series, let’s highlight the French girl’s three keys to staying skinny:
- Portion control: Take how much you eat into consideration and limit the really terrible stuff to once or twice a week.
- Mental Breakdown: Get to the root of the problem and find out why you are gaining weight or can’t seem to lose any. It could possibly be your own emotions sabotaging your goals.
- Exercise: You don’t need to go big or go home, but starting out with a little extra movement can give you a great head start to succeeding at getting healthy.
At the very least, listen to your body. Give in to those cravings in moderation and do what makes you the absolute happiest. The millions of diet books out there won’t help you if you are unhappy, so take it one day at a time and make it a positive experience you’ll want to live every single day.
A votre sante!