Before you start thinking, "Why am I wasting my time at the gym?" or "Thank goodness! Now I don't have to worry about moving my body!" I am going explain what I mean.
Ultimately, we have very little control over the number on the scale. The number on the scale accounts for the total sum of your body mass: bone, muscle, water, all your organs and tissues. I have worked with hundreds of clients, and some lose weight quickly, some lose weight slowly. Some build muscle faster, some build muscle slower. Stress, genetics and other lifestyle factors impact the number on the scale.
Now, I never said, 'do not exercise'; I only said 'do not exercise to lose weight'. Exercise has so many wonderful, life-enhancing benefits:
1. Exercise improves your mood and overall sense of well-being. Often people will say "I'm a better mom" or "I'm a better husband" when I workout.
2. The right exercise will help you build muscle, which will improve your body composition, boost your metabolism, and give you that toned look that will make you want to be sleeveless all year round.
3. Exercise will help you sleep better.
4. Exercise gives you energy and improves your mental stamina. You'll be more productive and focused at work and during daily activities.
5. Exercise reduces your risk or heart disease, diabetes, and other lifestyle related illnesses
6. Exercise can put a spark back in your sex life. Exercise improves blood flow and circulation, and can make you feel more confident and sexy.
7. Exercise is critical for weight maintenance. People who lose weight and keep it off exercise regularly.
8. Exercise prepares you for all the fun activities you may want to do in life, such as going skating with your grandkids or hiking with a friend.
Here are three steps to help you stick to your fitness program:
1. Write down a list of all the reasons why you want to improve your fitness. How will your life be different when you are healthier? Aim for 15-20 reasons, or more.
2. Pick an exercise regimen that you enjoy, or can at least tolerate. An ideal program would include some strength training exercise, and exercises that raise your heart rate such as brisk walking, biking or hiking. Ultimately, the best exercise program won't get you results if you don't do it, so pick activities that are enjoyable. Start slow and aim for small improvements over time.
3. Read your list of reasons daily or weekly as a reminder of why you're committing to fitness. Expand your list to include other changes that you notice after sticking to a program for a few weeks. There are often many additional, unexpected benefits of exercise!
For long term success with an exercise program, don't think of exercise as a means to lose weight. Instead focus on the immediate benefits of moving your body, such as how you feel and your mental clarity. You can also remind yourself of the long term benefits to your health. Enjoy moving your body!
Tanja Shaw is a healthy-eating enthusiast, Rotarian, passionate entrepreneur, mom, runner, and owner of Ascend Fitness Inc. Tanja and her team of expert fitness coaches inspire and educate Chilliwack residents to make positive and power changes in their lives through physical fitness and sound nutrition. Visit Ascend Fitness Inc. at http://www.ascendfitnesscoaching.com. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Tanja_M_Shaw