Recently we had someone call the office and ask about what they could be doing to start getting healthy right NOW. She told me about her eating habits, then went on to tell me about her daily exercise routine. She said she usually walks for an hour a day around her neighborhood, but has stopped seeing results (like the weight-loss she saw when she started this routine). An hour of exercise isn’t helping her lose any weight. She wanted to know, what could she do right away to improve her health? (This sweet lady is three hours away, so we’re thinking of things she could do starting today at home).
Of course, the foodie in me wanted to talk all things vegetables and whole grains, but you can’t teach someone new cooking techniques over the phone, AND she just gave me great information about her exercise habits. My suggestion: change up her routine. After a while, our body gets used that hour of walking, and you don’t have to work as hard as you did when you started this routine. What was originally challenging to your body and using a lot of energy is now less challenging, using less energy, therefore not giving you the results you saw when you started this exercise.
It takes upping the intensity—walking faster, carrying light weights, picking a more challenging route—to see the results you’re after.
For some of us, we don’t have an exercise routine, and this fix is more simple: start. Go for a walk, ride your bike, use your gym membership. We all know it’s challenging to find the time, but don’t you think good health is worth it?
Sometimes all we need is a little push. Tell your friends you’re doing it so they’ll know and ask you about it, maybe they’ll even join you.
My challenge to you today is to get movin’.
Whether it’s a quick walk after dinner, an aerobics video on YouTube, or some push-ups and lunges while you watch the NBA finals, every little bit helps, and I promise it’ll be worth it.