Make the most of your exercise
One of the hardest parts of exercising is the actual “OK, it’s time to work out” part. We’ve conditioned ourselves to view exercise as an effort, something that “just has to be done” and we do boring repetitive exercises over and over.
Quite a lot of workout regimens have become very popular for varying their work outs, and I swear by my trainer’s ability to invent a new drill literally every time I see her. But that’s a lot of effort for what is any one’s first or second foray into this whole “exercise” thing.
I praise the hell outta Pokemon Go for bringing people outside. There’s hundreds of articles about how it’s helping people explore their neighborhoods, get active, etc. And I’m a huge fan of easy quick rewards for things that get repetitive, like walking, running, and the actual work of working out.
When I first decided it was time to make a change, I didn’t lace up a new pair of running shoes and open “Couch to 5k,” I invited some friends to play sand volleyball at the college nearby. I went camping and hiking, and joined a softball team. I rented a kayak. Played racquetball. Decided to walk to the bar instead of drive.
Finding activities you ENJOY that get you outside, 3-4 times a week, can take the boredom out of exercise. Pull out your pokemon go and walk down to the farmers market, or walk around the mall for a few hours checking out new outfits or toys, and setting your rewards for weight loss goals.
My personal favorite is audio books. I devoured Tom Clancy’s entire collection. I’m currently burning through book 5 of Harry Potter. I limit myself to only listening to them when I’m walking and exercising, which means I find myself walking further to get more of it listened to, or walking more times a week so I don’t forget where I am. Audible is your friend.
It honestly doesn’t take much. An hour of walking burns roughly 1/4 of your daily calories, so go out and get some steps, and if you hatch a few 5k eggs, even better!