I totally get it, we all have those last 10-20 pounds to lose. And, oh, how many times have we let that scale dictate our mood for the day, right? Remember those days when we’d indulge a bit and then think, “Okay, an extra hour on the treadmill it is!”? But here’s a thought: instead of seeing it as punishment, let’s celebrate all the amazing things our bodies can do. The secret to weight loss is in the kitchen and the gut microbiome which effects our metabolism.
So instead of punishing your body remember these points when deciding your fitness regime:
- Find Joy in Movement
Every form of movement is an ode to the marvel that is our body. It’s a celebration of its capacity, resilience, and versatility. Find a workout that makes you feel alive, empowered, and, most importantly, good. Whether it’s dancing, yoga, running, or even a brisk walk in the park – it should resonate with you, bringing joy and not dread.
- Weight Loss: It’s Mostly What You Eat
Research consistently shows that weight loss is primarily influenced by our dietary choices. The old adage, “you can’t outrun a bad diet,” holds true. While exercise can complement dietary changes by increasing the calorie deficit, the bulk of weight loss efficacy comes from what we put on our plates. Instead of viewing exercise solely as a means to burn off those extra calories, see it as a pathway to nourish and strengthen your body.
- Realign and Rejuvenate
Exercise isn’t just about burning calories or building muscles; it’s also about realigning your body. Practices like barre, Essentrics, yoga, pilates, and even strength training can help improve posture, enhance flexibility, and alleviate everyday aches and pains. It’s about rejuvenating from the inside out.
- The Mind-Body Connection
The benefits of exercise transcend the physical. Engaging in regular physical activity can boost mood, alleviate symptoms of depression, reduce anxiety, and enhance cognitive function. The rush of endorphins post a good workout session is unparalleled in making one feel optimistic and at peace.
- Sustaining the Weight Loss Journey
While diet plays a pivotal role in losing weight, consistent exercise helps maintain that weight loss. It keeps the metabolic rate in check and aids in building lean muscle mass, ensuring that the weight stays off.
In essence, exercise is less about punishment and more about celebration. It’s about cherishing what our bodies can do, pushing our limits not because we detest our bodies but because we appreciate their potential. It’s a love affair between the body and movement, one where both thrive. So, the next time you lace up those trainers, let it be out of love, not remorse.
Try this workout, great for your hips, core and glutes: