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Thursday, July 14, 2011

There is a lot of discussion about going slow when initially starting a fitness or weight control programme but is there a difference between starting with an essentially slow go/ no go programme or one which take a moderate approach recognizing that the change in physical activity will cause some discomfort? Expecting a change in ones activity level will be without discomfort is to engage in a form of self deception. While age and gender may have some bearing on what an individual can accomplish to use them as benchmarks of some sort to develop where to begin may in fact be underestimating your ability and for that matter your resiliency.

I see repeated posts about starting your exercise programme with then minutes of cardio, normally walking. Let’s create a perspective here. How long did you spend walking around the grocery store the last time you were shopping? How long did you spend wandering around the mall your last trip there? Dedicated walking has to exceed that which you do in your normal day to day routine or it will not add to your calorie burn.

If a bag of sugar weight five pounds and one of flour weighs ten pounds what are you accomplishing if you use those as the weights you workout with? How much does that basket of wet laundry weight when you take it out to the yard to hang it up on the clothesline? For that matter what did it weight dry when you loaded it from the hamper to take to the washing machine? Do you have a toddler in the house? How much do they weight and how many times a day do you pick them up and or carry them? If they are now teenagers and you are eagerly waiting for them to leave home you at one time did lift and carry them.

My point is this you have to get outside your comfort zone and do more “work” than you normally do to change your activity level and your calorie burn numbers. I am not advocating you go overboard and do too much too soon and get so sore and discouraged you quit, rather I am saying accept the fact that weight control and getting fit are simple but not easy. You have to put forth effort to reach goals.

Working out is not about fun it is about putting forth effort to overcome a problem. Active forms of recreation are fun and should also become a part of your new lifestyle. To achieve the results you want you need to push yourself. Do not underrate your physical ability, challenge yourself, make it work but understand that you do not need to go overboard.
You can do more than you think, test yourself. Expand your limits since those are more mental than physical, you will be surprised at what you are capable of doing. Expect that you will experience some physical discomfort from the changes, embrace it, make it a part of who you are since it is a sign you are making progress.

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    I totally agree with you, I am no supporter of No pain No Gain but you can't decently count grocery shopping as cardio. I can't run because of an injury but I fast walk and use a Heart Rate monitor to make sure I am actually challenging myself a bit.
    2841 days ago
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