I’m still loving going to the gym. I suppose it’s because it’s not even two months yet though. I’m mixing up my training to keep things fresh, lots and lots of cardio, an increasing amount of weights and the odd class thrown in too (Pilates is the future!) but surely there is going to come a point when I hit some kind of wall and I can’t be bothered or I’m just bored of what I’m doing. It’s bound to happen, isn’t it? I hope not. What I really want to happen, is for the training to get so engrained in to my daily life that I just accept it’s role and continue to find it interesting, fun and effective.
I would categorise the gym as my ‘physical exercise’, but there is something else I’ve been doing, which I find equally rewarding. Although not as effective from a fat/calorie burning perspective, it has become as much a part of my daily routine and it’s one that I find I must do, just as much as my cardio. It is simply this. Most evenings around 6-7pm I go for a walk by the beach with family and friends. It’s less physical exercise and more ‘physical activity’, but, it adds a further string to my ‘healthier’ lifestyle bow. I’m not going all out here to break a sweat. I’m not checking my heart rate monitor to make sure I’m at (THR), I’m not clocking distance or calories or time, I’m just walking and talking and laughing, with family and friends and it’s just great.
Physical exercise is great (especially if you have to shift as much weight as I do) but, I think the key to a ‘healthier’ lifestyle is as much about increasing you physical activity as it is doing exercise. Some of you, I’m sure, will see my walks as exercise and that’s okay if you do, but, for me, it doesn’t feel like exercise. Instead, it feels like a pleasant and rewarding activity that feeds my soul as much as it feeds my body health.
Is there something similar that you can do? Some place similar where you can go? It may not be a beach, maybe a park, a river, a forest, just somewhere were you can go and be active with folk. I would highly recommend you include it in your programme. It may not be the activity that loses you that next pound before you hit the scales (scales are of the devil) but it may do so much more for you in terms of your mental health and well being.
I love my beach and Marina. The sad thing is, this beach has been on our doorstep for just on three years (when we moved to the area) and we’ve never really utilised it. It’s a travesty I tell you!! My kids are getting fed up of me saying it, but, every time I think about how much time we’ve wasted not coming to this really beautiful and picturesque setting, I feel angry with myself. Thank God I’m there now, better late than never, right?
So, physical exercise and increased physical activity, that there, is the key, not just to weight loss but to so much more besides. Give it a go today!!!