Exercise where?

As we do with many things in life, we make the mere idea of exercise more complicated than it needs to be.  People worry about what to do, where to do it, and for how long.  They complain that it’s too hot, it’s too cold, there’s not enough time, not enough energy, not enough money.  In fact, people will spend more time making excuses than it would take to get a decent work out. 

The underlying reality is that most of us just hate to exercise – there are a hundred other things we’d rather do and we do them.  Anyone that is truly ready to make some changes in their life will overcome this obstacle and find the necessary time.  Take a short walk in the morning, at lunch, and in the evening.  If you have kids, put them in a stroller and make them part of your routine.  If you’re concerned about what you can do at home to get a good overall workout, most cable companies with ‘on demand’ have free fitness videos that will kick your butt up and down the living room.  You could have a variety of workouts that will get your heart pumping at no additional cost.  Considering what most of us pay for cable, you might as well get some extra value out of it.

For those of you that aren’t currently on a meal plan or an exercise program, you’ll be amazed how a few changes to your diet and a regular exercise can change your mind and body.  Add a few more fruits and vegetables to you daily plate, limit sugar, processed carbohydrates, and high calorie beverages.  Eat more whole grains and leaner cuts of meat.  Make all dairy low fat or fat free and keep your snacks healthy and filling.  Dont think of dieting, think of making good food decisions and mainting a healthy lifestyle.

Exercise will make you gain?

The other day, a friend told me of an article that ‘proved’ that many people who exercise actually find it harder to lose weight than those who don’t. Before you go and tear up your gym membership, I want to be clear what this really means:

First and foremost, you’d be hard pressed to ever get me to say ‘stop working out’. The issue here isn’t the exercise but the mindset. Many people who adopt a new exercise program wrongly think that it’s a free pass to eat whatever they want. Usually, it means they eat WORSE than they did before they started exercising. In order to see any real difference in your overall fat composition (think: physique) you only need to do two things:

1) Exercise regularly (for most that means 90 minutes of moderate exercise per day. No, that’s not a typo). 2) Eat the right amount of calories for your size (and fitness goals) AND include nutritious foods to cover all of your body’s needs. I’m not sure why people make it any more difficult than this. Actually, I completely understand it. People don’t want to change their habits or diet, yet want to see results. Honestly, it just doesn’t work that way.