Sunday, June 30, 2013
I rarely buy books that offer suggestions for a routine for a healthier lifestyle. I needed motivation to stop myself slithering backwards and I’m amazed how well I’m getting on with this one. The ‘prescription’ for meals is either to follow the menus in the book OR – my preferred option – to keep within calorie range. The new recipe suggestions are great and I’ve tried a couple and will continue to do so. But I’m a spur of the moment person and prefer to choose things at the last minute. Obviously dangerous in calorie terms but right now I have the words ‘within calorie range’ ringing in my head and that’s my guide.
Coach Nicole’s work out designed for the book is a killer for me – I’m definitely an older Sparker - which I can’t do anything about – and not especially fit, which I’m gradually changing. A friend here declared her intention of being able to stand and lace her shoes aged 80 and whilst I know we can’t all aspire to that, I’m lucky so far and at my age that is much more inspiring for me than a six pack. So I’m going to practise one move in the workout with best possible form as an ‘extra’ every day, regardless of whatever other exercise I do until I have ‘got’ the whole workout. I need to work on this because working out is just not my favourite thing to do. Today’s task on Spark Coach which came as a free trial with the book is to learn to ditch excuses for not working out. I need to think long and hard about that as I really like to have an end product that I can see – a cleaner sitting room – a prettier garden. It seems that I discount the other end product which is ME so strength tends to go by the board whilst I concentrate on moving more in a general way in order to achieve things.
Which ‘neatly’ brings me to N.E.A.T. NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) is my favourite thing of the book and the Challenge. If I get that habit under my belt and nothing else, this Challenge will have been worthwhile for me. In essence – it’s any extra activity on top of formal exercise that gets you to your feet and moving. I’m basically very idle in between bouts of intense activity and I’m grateful for the reminder that walking/cleaning/painting walls (in my case) or whatever, as well as formal exercise, are important. Exercises before I get out of bed and chair exercises in front of the TV are good too. I have a whole list! Not that I didn’t know this but . . . I just like sitting still. Well, now I’ve got a NEAT Sheet, printed in the book and now copied, to calculate the % of sitting still I do in my day. Scary!! But useful. There is a suggested amount of movement for Day 1 which builds up as you go along hence reducing ‘sitting still’ time. A lot of people wouldn’t find that extraordinary but I’ve been aware for a long time that every time I get a chance to slob out I seize it with both hands. Hoping to change that.