Thursday, April 22, 2010
I was listening to John Tesh last night as I drove home. Most of the time he doesn't say anything that I haven't already heard on SP. But last night he said something that came back to me this morning so apparently it's worth a second visit/blog!
From his website ( www.tesh.com
) He reported:
The biggest mistake people make is working out simply to burn calories. So they’ll keep walking on a treadmill for an hour while flipping through a magazine. What matters more is exercise intensity. You’ve got to push yourself. Why? Because vigorous exercise dulls your appetite. Moderate exercise stimulates it. That’s why you get off the treadmill and immediately feel like eating. You can un-do an hour on the treadmill with one lunch-size bag of Doritos! So push yourself – if you’re exercising at the right intensity, you shouldn’t be able to carry on a conversation. (article link: tesh.com/ittrium/
When he intro'd the segment with why you shouldn't read a magazine while on the treadmill I assumed it was because of advertisements in the magazine stimulating cravings. But this is far more interesting a concept. And when I stopped to think about it, when I exercise, I mean REALLY exercise and push myself, I'm usually not hungry for some time afterwards. THAT gives me more motivation to work that much harder I think. I'm having an awful time with cravings lately (for bad stuff, no less) so the idea that if I jump on my step routine for 5 min just to make it go away works for me!!!
The other part of that segment that struck a cord (but didn't stick like the other until I brought up the article) is that you should NOT work "toward a number." You need to work to be happy and healthy, the rest is all just numbers they won't fix anything or make your life better. You have to be okay with YOU first no mater the numbers. Being able to chase the kids or give them a run for their money is WAY better than getting below x weight, isn't it? And maybe, just maybe, you'll be able to chase them even BEFORE you hit X and that's still good!