September 22, 2010
Getting Exercise to Stick Takes Time
So, if you are beginning an exercise program and are like most, you are probably asking what, how, where, when, and even why. My plan with this post, today, is to answer a few of these questions keeping the theme of behaviour change, life long change, and the challenges most face when beginning a new program. Keep in mind, this is following the last post of eating less and eating whole; now I'm focusing on the next important aspect of healthy, life long weight loss...exercise.
Research suggests that an accumulation of 60 minutes a day of cardiovascular exercise keeps us healthy and helps to maintain weight (coupled with a healthy diet). There are not many people I know that do 60 minutes of cardio a day unless they are in the fitness industry, training for a sport, or mending a broken heart. So what is a "normal" person to do?
Once you have your month down, add five minutes and do another month at 5 days / week. Whatever you exercise choice (biking, walking, swimming, StairMaster, step, walking up and down your stairs, rowing....it is all cardio work). Once you have done 15 per day for five days a week for one month....add another 5 minutes for another month (you get the idea). If there is a month where you are struggling to get in your exercise and you didn't make your goal, repeat for another month until you do.
I have put clients through this program and the results have been amazing. They are still exercising to this day and the most exciting result is the commitment they have to exercise so much so that when life takes over and they have no time...they make the time. That is the difference between someone who hasn't bought into exercise and someone who has.
You can enjoy exercise (I promise), you can go slow, you can do it with friends, and you can learn to love it to the point it isn't a question of doing it...it is a lifestyle. Just like eating and drinking, exercise can be just as important to you that you just don't argue with yourself to do it. And here's the final kicker..the more you do, the more you do it. The less you do, the less you are apt to do it. It's the law of inertia really.
So, to recap, focus on one change at a time. If you prefer examining your diet, do that. Watch your serving sizes, move to whole food eating, and make the change. Once that is becoming a habit, move towards exercise. Follow the above steps to life long commitment and you should feel like a whole new person in 12 months. Of course, I haven't focused on resistance training or flexibility. I will do that next time.
And please remember, I have an email address, you can contact me. I would love to offer suggestions that are geared towards your situation. Do not hesitate to email any questions or concerns you may have. I just want to see people move for life.
That's all I got.