This is something that has been bothering me for quite some time now, and I would really like to air my views on it.
Quite often, we hear: ‘I had a piece of the cheesecake last night at dinner, so I did an hour on the treadmill this morning’. There is an easier way than this – consistency.
Being consistent thought the months allows us to indulge every now and again. This is healthy and is not going to be detrimental to your health.
Building a good relationship with exercise through strategy of creating good habits will lead to success and the cheesecake binge is not going to worry you so much.
I think viewing exercise as a reward would go a lot further than perceiving it as a punishment for overeating.
If you are one of those people, like me, who can quite easily polish off a bag of roast potatoes in one sitting, then here are a few tips I have put together to help you keep a good relationship with exercise rather than using it as a tool to punish yourself for overeating at dinner with friends and family (so there is always room in your calorie balance for the extra roasties):
1). Get your steps in
Although there are mixed views expressed on the internet about the 10,000-step movement and whether or not apps are specific enough to monitor all of your steps, there is something to be said about aiming to move from place to place whilst clocking up around 5 miles per day.
As we know, low intensity activity oxidises fat, so moving more throughout the day and on a daily basis will give you a deficit to make room for your cheesecake without planning extra time in the gym.
2). There are 24 hours in the day
It amazes me how people use time as an excuse not to put in a session in the morning or evening. Even as a parent (depending on what time the kids are up, of course) you can get 15-30 minutes in to the Joe Wicks #leanin15 video (forgive me for that one, he’s mainstream and you get what I’m trying to say). That said, if you can manage to get out in the fresh air early doors, 30-45 minutes of fast-paced walking will keep you healthy no end.
3). Don’t be inactive for more than 30 minutes
Which is just about enough time to get half way through an episode of Game of Thrones and make a cup of tea to brace yourself for the next 20 minutes.
There are lots of doctors out there now prescribing moving more often – even at work – to their patients.
This isn’t just relating to the waistline, either. Maintaining hip mobility through periodically deep squatting is what Dr Kelly Starrett recommends, advising us to clock up at least 10 minutes a day in the bottom squat position.
4). Take the stairs
It may sound simple, but I assure you that this is something people just don’t do as much anymore.
Also, factor in your activities of daily living. By this I mean: can you make some of your chores harder?
For example, could you carry the shopping rather than pushing the trolley right up to the car? Are you getting me?
Move & Groove – fitness fanatics.