5 healthy habits to help you on your way.
The pandemic experience of the past year has resulted in many of us carrying around an extra 10 – 20 pounds. It’s no ones fault, it’s just the math behind the calories taken in and the calories expended. That trip from the kitchen table Zoom meeting to the fridge will barely even show up on your step counter. The extra calories from that quart of ice cream will however.
Binge watching Netflix has meant we don’t even have to leave the house any more, but watching “Outer Banks” without a bowl of chips and dip, c’mon.
So, where is all this madness going to end?
Things are getting better health wise for sure, but the habit of exercise has suffered severely, partially because of the temporary closing of fitness clubs but also because we gave ourselves permission to just let it go.
Life is short and all too often the results we want are only available in the long run but as the light at the end of this health crisis tunnel begins to shine we are now revisiting our motivations for a healthy weight, a lower body fat percentage and higher skeletal muscle mass.
The top 3 Google searches related to fat loss are:
- How to lose weight (550,000 searches a month)
- How to lose weight fast (301,000 searches a month)
- How to lose belly fat (201k)
We can’t change that there is 24 hours in a day and that we spend about 1/3 of that time working and another 3rd sleeping. If you have just battled traffic for an hour and been stressed out by the boss all day you likely want to surround yourself with the kind of comfort that is only found at home. That might be the TV, a beer and the recliner. It probably isn’t the drive to the gym and the line up for a treadmill.
Eventually it comes down to what we value most in our life.
But, with that said, we still see the value in exercise and we’d like to look good in our jeans and be able to climb the stairs without passing out at the top. If only something was different in our lives.
What is your something? And what do people who have discovered their something and conquered the exercise habit do?
And remember not everyone was meant to wear skinny jeans.
Here are 5 of the most common motivations shared by exercisers in a 12-year study of their activity:
- Generally just being fit and having the energy to do life’s little chores without difficulty
- Enjoyment of movement
- Sleeping better and feeling more alert
- Being relaxed and stress free
- Weight management and appearance
If none of those mean enough to you right now to make a change then you’re likely not ready to make the commitment to lose weight and reduce your body fat. And that’s just fine but, when you discover your “something”, you’ll be unstoppable.
5 Habits of the Healthy
- Variety, do things that stimulate you mentally and physically. There’s no rule that says you have to go to a gym or buy expensive equipment, it’s all about activity.
- Find an exercise buddy who will keep you accountable. A dog is a great choice, not just any dog though, get one that likes and needs to be walked. Those little accessory dogs that you see celebrities carry in their purse are pretty much useless as an exercise buddy.
- Make exercise a priority and schedule it into your busy day. First thing in the morning is great before your body knows what the heck you’re up to. If you belong to a health club drive by it on your way to or home from work, it will be a constant reminder of all the money you spent for that membership.
- Log your activity as inspiration to keep going. Wearables (such as a Fitbit, Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch), are a great way to keep track of how far you’ve walked and how many steps you’ve taken.
But there’s a better way…
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