Dear T & T – Giving Your Move On a Move On

November 18th, 2010 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , ,

Ok, so this is the final segment of a series of 5 over the past week. I have a few suggestions to make about giving your move on a move on to my trusty follower!!

A few days ago I touched on this briefly that it’s a catch 22 to up the ante on activity which will in turn give you more energy when you’re feeling fatigue. It may be a slog for the next 2-4 weeks, then there’ll be a day when you’ll feel that extra jump in your step and increased stamina. That’s when you’ll begin to reap the payback for your efforts on this front. It’s certainly worth the effort.

Choose Something You Enjoy

I’m a big believer that you should be doing activities you enjoy. Everybody’s different. Sigh Master said she loves walking yet loathes pilates. Why not try to walk more? Can you fit in walking both weekend days and keep up your Thursday jaunt? If you ditch the pilates you can add in 1 more walk perhaps. Certainly something to think about. Aim for two and a half hours of activity each week minimum. For me, walking has saved me a bundle on therapy, because walking IS my therapy. It’s my quiet time to think, ponder over issues or problems and just clear my head.

Chunk it Down Work it In

For people so super busy I suggest breaking your “exercise intervals” down to 10 or 15 minute chunks. See if you can sneak in three 10 minute intervals OR two 15 minute intervals each day minimum. Some people can’t find a whole half hour or hour in a busy day. But, I do declare we can find 10 minutes here and there to use to your benefit. We ALL experience these little time-capsule-nuggets in our day, even the busiest people have them.

Do some reflecting about your day and when mini lulls emerge. When I was in my worst physical shape ever I started getting moving by working in 10 minute intervals of activity. After I started getting “in the groove” and in better shape I actually chose to do more at any one time until I worked up the time to a reasonable and realistic level to fit into my life.  Any exercise plan needs to be flexible for us working folks with a lot of balls in the air (see post on March 23).

Now about that gym membership and the trainer. If going to the gym motivates you then by all means go. I don’t particularly like going somewhere to exercise unless I’m travelling on business. The time it’ll take me to drive to and fro, change, workout, then shower etc. I would be done at home with time to spare. But that’s me and I’m not you. So you need to decide.

Along with my mat and weights, I have 2 exercise machines that I really love. One is a stair master that’s been with me for over 20 years, the other is a cross country ski machine that I’ve had for about 15 years. In addition to my walking I find 10 minutes on each, plus my mat and weights three times each week. This series of exercises keeps me toned and aren’t onerous to do. As I’ve said before, “slow and steady wins the race”, right!! (see posts on April 28, May 4 and August 7)

Finally, not only does exercise burn extra calories and tone muscles they help turn up that internal thermostat, so are GREAT for your metabolism. Every little bit helps, especially when you work in some weights. Muscle tissue is much more metabolically active, so aiming to build some will be very beneficial to you.

Keep Your Plan Flexible & Fluid

I have a list of a number of different activities I consider exercise. These work in nicely from day-to-day, season-to-season, with business travel or pleasure. I’m actually at a “happy place” where I work in working out and/or doing my “mat routine” even when I don’t have my mat with me. My motto is doing something is better than doing nothing. It has taken me years to reach this “happy place”. Work on finding your exercise “happy place”, you’ll be glad you did.

Full Circle to Success

Finally, I also find there’s something about being regularly active that makes us more mindful of what we’re eating. You start feeling a bit more toned and don’t want to blow your efforts by stuffing yourself. So balancing both sides of the energy in and energy out equation helps close the loop on a healthier lifestyle and a healthier you. It’s a positive feedback loop that keeps us on track.

Give this a try for the next month and let me know how it’s going. Good luck!!

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