Let’s start by considering what exercise is. It is just movement plain and simple. What do you do when you go to a gym or attend a class anyway? You move. What do you do on a day to day basis? You move. Movement is bending, stretching, twisting, picking things up, walking and or running, working your body. Your body has been designed to do this, so just do it.
1 lb of fat and 1 lb of lean muscle weight the same, 1 lb. The lb of fat takes up more room on your body than the lb of muscle. The lb of muscle helps you burn more calories than the lb of fat. To get the muscle and not the fat, MOVE!
The fitness industry has you by the short and curleys to a certain extent. It, along with the food industry, sports clothing industry and the weight loss industry, force feed you the latest trends and fads which they all want you to participate in. It makes them money. What you eat and what exercises you can do are all over the internet, on TV, in magazines and newspapers, on book shelves and CD racks. Your instructions and how they want you to live are everywhere! Time to break the mould.
An exercise program has to be something you actually like doing and it has to be your choice.
Remember, exercise is just moving. Exercise needs to be fun to do. It needs to be something you look forward to or something you are doing already, you just need to do it with more focus and purpose. It needs to produce the desired outcome. It’s just moving your ass in a way that will stimulate your body to react in a certain way.
You want it to burn calories by raising your metabolism and keeping it raised all day. You want it to begin to lose the flab and tone up the muscle underneath it. To do that get yourself out of breath, get a bit of a sweat on, raise your heart rate, stimulate your muscles by giving them something to do other than moving your hand to your mouth or clicking the remote. Simply by moving your arms, legs, hips, waist through their natural range of movement and against resistance you will burn calories. You do this as many times as you can throughout your day and fit it into your daily life.
It’s simply mindful movement
Turning everyday life into a gym workout! It’s about moving with purpose when ever and where ever you get the chance. No one needs to know you are doing it. You don’t have to get the fitness gear on either. Just move with purpose. Put you mind to the task for just five minutes, focus on the activity or situation you find yourself in and, while you are being mindful of your body, move with purpose! To get the lowdown on mindful movement and how to do it with 6 ready made 5 minute workouts you can do at home, go checkout our 5 minute workout pack here.
Have you ever heard of NEAT? It’s been understood and researched for a while but not widely advertised. It stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. Your body burns calories at rest, it’s the energy required to live like breathing. Then there’s the calories you need to digest the food you eat. Over and above that it’s down to the amount you move. NEAT is the energy expended for everything we do that is not sleeping, eating or sports-like exercise. It can account for a hell of a lot of calories burned throughout the day whether you are on a training plan of any kind or not. So just by moving more and actually focusing on that movement while you are doing it and doing it with purpose you can greatly increase your calories out v calories in conundrum. Walking faster than normal, doing the housework with attitude, sitting up straight instead of slouching, taking the stairs, it all mounts up by the end of the day!
So, if you are new to exercise, are overweight and don’t know where to start, just move with purpose, be mindful and focus on the activity you are doing. It’s a great start and repeated over time it becomes a habit you don’t really notice but you will feel and see the results.