The other day I realized I needed to put out a fitness blog for you, but couldn’t think of what to say. At times I forget that while the mainstream health and wellness industry may be bloated and complicated, people’s desires are still rather simple. I emailed a colleague asking her to give me an idea, and she delivered.
“Tell me how an overweight woman, like myself, can expect to lose weight without starving. That’s what I want to know! And none of your usual broccoli and chicken stuff either! Give me details, and a three day workout guaranteed to take off the pounds quick.”
As a trainer myself, I would guesstimate that those few sentences basically summarize the modern woman’s desires. A concrete, fail safe, simple, and effective way to get healthier that produces quick results. Well, sorry ladies, weight loss takes time. It’s easy to lose weight without starving. Though the most any human being can expect to lose in three days, without landing in the emergency room, is about ten pounds. These superficial pounds won’t last and are quickly replaced, so it’s a no-go.
When it comes to food intake geared towards lowering BMI, reducing excess body fat, and leaning down, we need to think in terms of three months. However, the three day exercise plan I can provide.
I could tell you to perform a bunch of calisthenics in your living room; I could instruct you to hit the streets and struggle through a mile; I could ask that you invest sweat into sets of this exercise or that…or I could be practical. Along with all the other stuff you have planned for the day, I want you to do three extra things that require some energy expenditure. Whether that means additional dog-walking, cleaning, gardening, extra errands, or if you choose, some exercises – from jumping jacks to rearranging the garage. Make this your motto for the rest of your life – Just Move More.
Not everyone wants to deal with the gym environment. Not everyone can get away from the kids and daily life long enough to do the traditional working out thing. Not everyone has the ambition or will to do what it takes to stay really thin. If this is you, then create something that you can do. What gets you moving? If you can’t run 5 miles a day, could you do 5 miles a week like me? What about 1 mile a week? Whatever it is, do it. What gets you excited, and causes that deep heart of yours to pick up the pace? – Just Move More.
Day 3 – Come to Terms with the Fitness Truth
It’s easy for me to propel an easy slogan like Just Move More at you, but much harder for people to really sit down and deal with the truth. In many respects, obesity is worse than smoking. Sometimes it’s indicative of deeper, more emotional struggles. Instead of avoiding confrontation with yourself, deal with it, and set time aside to figure exactly what your mortality means to you. How many reasons do you have to live on? How many reasons do you have to sustain or maintain the highest quality of life possible? This would be a great thing to ponder while you do those three extra chores or activities – Just Move More.