Introduction – Setting the Stage, Experiences with Exercise, Experimenting with Movement, Creating a New Practice, Results and Reflections
Introduction – Setting the Stage
I’ve been trying to lose weight for years, but the number on the scale never seemed to budge. In my desperation, I decided to start incorporating more movement into my day and see what happened. I had seen in magazines and on TV that some people were slimming down by exercising for 30 minutes per day, but I didn’t think that I could fit that into my hectic schedule. So, I set out to find alternative ways to move more without taking up a huge chunk of time every day.
Experiences with Exercise
I did try stepping up my exercise routine a bit by going to the gym three times a week and taking a spinning class. But I found that the commitment to those activities didn’t always translate into regularity. I had long stretches of time when I was either working out too much or not at all, and I felt like I was riding a roller coaster when it came to making any real progress.
Experimenting with Movement
I took some time to think about my fitness goals, and I realized that I wanted the freedom to exercise whenever I felt the urge without having to commit to something full-time. So, I started experimenting with small bursts of movement throughout my day. I beginning with walking to my car instead of taking the elevator, or walking around the block while I was on my lunch break.
Creating a New Practice
Once I started getting into the habit of moving more regularly throughout my day, I began to mix things up with different types of exercises. I found that even five minutes of high-intensity interval training or circuit training was enough to get my heart rate up and burn some extra calories. I started to turn simple activities, like taking the stairs or doing household chores, into a chance to get some extra movement and calorie burning in.
Results and Reflections
Ultimately, I was surprised to see how much of a difference something as small as adding more movement into my day could make. After just a few weeks of exercising with these new methods, I saw a decrease in my body fat and an increase in my overall energy level. Moving more didn’t only make me feel better on the inside, but it also helped me to look and feel better! I’m now able to maintain a healthy weight with just a few minutes of exercise each day, rather than relying on strict workout plans.