Lately, I’ve been focusing my writing on nutrition and eating. Obviously, our eating habits have an enormous effect on our health, but it’s only one component in living our best life.
Exercise can be a difficult subject for a lot of people. There are so many opinions and judgements associated with physical activity in our culture, many just forego exercise altogether.
Let me tell you, if you can’t abide going into a gym and being around the “gym rats,” or if running makes you want to curl up in the fetal position, there’s no reason you can’t get the activity your body needs!
That’s right. You know it, I know it, there’s no secret. We all need exercise to stay healthy. Our bodies were designed for movement, but our culture has us sitting in a car, or in front of a computer screen, or on the couch in front of a TV. Now, I’m not going to tell anyone that they should chuck their 56” LED out the window. And I don’t tell everyone that they need to run marathons. A little bit of movement adds up.
Some of you may remember the programs I talked about a few weeks ago- ABE For Fitness and ABC For Fitness. These are simple, brief exercises that can be incorporated throughout the day, and while they might seem almost inconsequential on their own the cumulative effect is important. These aren’t meant for the woman running 30 miles a week, or the 16 year-old lacrosse player. They’re meant for the vast majority of Americans who don’t (for whatever reason,) get regular exercise.
Throughout the day, there are a number of choices that we can all make to get just a little more movement in our lives. Maybe it’s deciding to commute by bike one day a week in nice weather. Or taking the stairs if you’re only going up a couple of floors. Or taking that parking spot further away from your destination. Again, minor increases in activity build up!
When it comes to focused exercise, I’m a big proponent of being outside whenever possible. Yes, I do train client indoors with the TRX Suspension Trainer, but the beauty of the TRX is the ability to do most workouts outside. A number of studies are showing that outdoor exercise is more beneficial than indoor exercise, and that people are more likely to be motivated to work out if they’ll be outside. It’s easy to see why. We already spend so much of our lives inside.
Give your inner child a break. Call recess, and get moving!