I want to tell you a story. A story about my dislike for exercise. I grew up in a home where no one exercised. It just was not done. My brother was a cyclist in his teenage years but that was it. I never wore my physEd uniform at school because I had no intention to do anything,it was that bad. I never needed to exercise. My weight was not an issues. In fact, I needed to gain weight.
I didn’t understand the importance of it.
It was not until my entrance into Natural Medicine the importance emerged.
When it became necessary to coach clients around exercise and they started asking me if I was doing it as well. My hypocrisy was showing, big time. I was found out. By this time, I had become over weight and I knew it. My body felt sluggish, falling asleep on myself, i was getting the flu often. I knew I was in trouble. I had to find a way to start and fast. I had to find something I could do long term without getting bored and I did!
I want to take you through the steps to change I followed. It became easier than I thought but it did require consistency. I like putting things in point form. It’s easier to remember, so here goes.
- Find an activity you enjoy doing and stick with it. For me time was a factor so I found something I could do in 10 minutes.
- Experiment with which time of day is best for you. Evening time I enjoyed the most. I was able to get more out of my body and it was quite relaxing.
- Decide whether you want to gym or go it at home. I chose my home. I don’t like gyms and I needed to give family support. Know what suits you best.
- If you get bored, change it up. To keep my interest I needed various activities to hold my attention. So I tried high intensity, weight training and my favorite is still walking.
- Last but not least, DON’T QUIT! You can fall off the wagon, feel tired but don’t give up. The benefits of exercise are not seen in the short term. If you stick with it you can see the hands of time slowly go back and the compliments start rolling in. Till now I have mentioned nothing about weight loss or gain.
Exercise is much more than reducing a number on a scale.
It’s about being healthy. I wish I knew this as a child but the great news is you are never to old to start. You just need to find your place to get you going.
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