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Exercise and Weight Loss and Doing The Things You Love – How To Lose Weight and Still Have Fun

Exercise and The Things You Love

Hi there Lovely People of Cyberspace,

Good to see you!! So I was wondering how many of you have exercised today?? 
Eeeekkkk, exercise !!! Such a scary word, but it doesn’t have to be.  At all.  Sometimes just taking the time to find something you love is the key.  So how do we do that?  Well one way to start is to drop that  somewhat ‘grown up’ approach to exercise you may have been habouring and cast your mind back in time. 

Thinking Outside The Square

What I mean here is perhaps finding something you loved as a child will give you a clue as to what we may still enjoy.  So why not sit down today, cast your mind back a few decades and think about what used to make your heart race with excitement and joy.  What gave you such a thrill to do that you always looked forward to it? Perhaps you liked racing around the streets on your bike? Dancing? Rollerskating?

Trying as many variables of these activities as possible will help you come up with an exercise you can stick to. Great!  That’s what we want for long term healthy change.

A Healthy Habit

So when you’ve had that good long think and have located in your mind those activities that gave you the most pleasure, then just grab the phone book (or try online) and find somewhere in your local area that offers what you’re after.  It could be a dance class.  Or perhaps you might buy that bike you’ve been thinking of getting.  Or maybe go to a roller disco and rollerskate your heart out!! The key here is to not think of it as exercise. It’s just a fun activity, that happens to get your body moving and your heart pumping.

A healthy habit can be as easy as that. 🙂

Take it up regularly (marking it in your diary is a good idea) and you’ve began your first fitness regime. 

Starting exercise doesn’t have to mean the whole box and dice – that is, gym workouts or 5 k runs every morning.  You may be ready for that later, but doing something as simple as suggested above is also a great kick start and might just be fun, too!!

When Should I Start?

Since so many of us struggle to find the ‘right’ time to begin our exercise regimes, I thought I’d tackle this problem too.  Some of us try beginning new things at New Year (too far away).  Some of us start new things on Mondays (why wait till then?).  In short, many of us keep putting it off till conditions (as we perceive them) become more ideal. 

“I’ll wait till I feel more motivated.” (Never gonna happen)

“I’ll wait till I get over this cold.” (Get over it, now!)

“I can’t exercise yet, because my foot/arm/hand/leg is still sore.” (Is it really?)

These are all very common types of excuses we tell ourselves. If you’ve used one of them, you are not alone. You’ve got many friends in your ‘excuses club’.  At certain times in my life, I myself was one of them. Not anymore.

Procrastination is Waste of Time

Seriously, putting things off can go on forever. We can go on (and on) waiting for the ‘right’ time, the ‘best time’ or a ‘better time’.  It rarely comes.

NOW , may I humbly suggest, is the time.

If you’ve stumbled upon this blog and thought you’d take a peek at this post, then I would like to suggest to that you’re ready for some healthy change in your life. You are ready to take action. To become more active. To start the road to a healthier lifestyle. Otherwise you wouldn’t have read this far.

So, why not start today.  NO, I said today! Not tomorrow.

Gosh, I’m bossy. I know.

Bossy Boots Me. Sometimes we need a little ‘bossy’ though and I guarantee if you step outside your comfort zone (or even just step outside your front door for a brisk 20 minute walk) you will have taken an enormous step toward becoming that happier, healthier YOU of your dreams.

 “A journey of a thousand miles, begins with one single step.”

Why not make that first step today?

With hugs for good health and happiness,

Mon ( )


Burning Calories, Shed kilos – Small Ways to Make A Big Difference To Calorie Expenditure

Incidental Exercise

Hello dedicated weight loss achievers,

I thought today we’d have a chat about some simple changes we can all make to change our daily activity levels and thus burn those unwanted calories.  If you are or are becoming ‘a skilled exercise avoider’ (and you are not alone), perhaps some of the following suggestions may be of interest.

I was prompted to write about this today after having several conversations with people recently who seem to have all the knowledge and good intention, yet still have not become regular and happy exercisers. They want to….but for some reason, don’t!

I could go into the psychological dynamics behind all that, but instead I thought I’d be more practical and suggest some small but achievable changes we, you and them can all make today.

1. Park your car a longer than normal distance away from where your work, office, school, the shopping centre or whatever your destination is and walk the remaining distance. Simple.  Easy.  No need to change your routine much for that one.

2. Take the stairs, instead of the lift or elevator, wherever and whenever you can.  This can add many steps to your day and over the next several days and weeks you will burn many more calories than you would have done otherwise.

3. Take the kids to the park.  Go on….it’s fun….walk, chase, climb, play ball with them or run after them….just be that little bit more active and have some fun too! Your kids will appreciate it and yep, a few more calories will be burnt away.

4. Avoid long periods of sitting.  In today’s society, we all suffer to some degree or other from the ailment which has sometimes been labelled ‘sititis’. It is kind of a modern day ill, created by our increasing use of machines (like computers!), office desks, televisions and cars, to name a few! And when we sit for extended periods our spines, hips and knees are all in constant flexion.

So if you find yourself sitting for extended periods, make the choice to get up about once every hour and move.  You can just stretch or better still, take a short walk around the office or home for 5 minutes or so.  You’ll return to your sitted activity a little more refreshed and….yes, you’ll have burnt a few calories as well.

Small changes, Big results

All these ideas come under the umbrella of what is called ‘incidental exercise’ – basically these are small changes you can incorporate into your everyday routine. 

So, why not try one (or all) of this suggestions today !!  Your back will ache less, your mind will feel refreshed and you will actually have begun, in a small but significant way, to exercise !  It’s how I started out, several years ago now. I may have moved on to running, weight training and other cardio these days….but I still try to include all of the above ideas into my daily activities as often as I can.  Little changes, made often and consistently, can eventually add up and will make a big difference, overtime, to your total calorie expenditure.

Good luck friends……..I hope you have fun with these few changes.

As always, I’d love hear your thoughts or experiences about this post or anything else you’d like to share.

Ciao and hugs,

Mon ( )