I sat down to write this article in many ways with other women in mind particularly. Now please don’t get me wrong here, I am not a feminist, nor am I in any way setting out to discriminate against men, it is just that by their very nature, women tend to be more likely to go from one extreme to another.
There is nothing wrong with that in my view, it is part of their overall makeup. Women are governed by their hormones, making them more volatile in their emotions, decision making, lifestyle choices etc etc. There are so many aspects to a woman’s life, and the day to day choices that she makes, which are totally influenced by the mood she happens to be in at that moment in time.
Men by contrast, are more likely to be pragmatic in their overall approach to things, and will probably be much more inclined to take a longer term view of their goals, and what they want to achieve in life.
I say all this, simply to illustrate the fact that women especially should not become obsessed with their latest diet program or exercise routine, especially if it is detrimental to other people in their lives.
How many times for example have you felt tired and totally stressed out from work, and by the time you get home, you cannot be bothered to play with your children. Even though they have been really pleased to see you, and wanted you to spend time playing with them, your normal response is likely to be to tell them that you will play with them in an hour or so, after you have had a chance to get yourself organized.
However,instead of disappointing your children, why not say,”yes” to them after all! You will most likely be very surprised by the amount of energy that you will have after that thirty minutes of activity.
I wonder if you realise that by exercising at a moderate pace for only thirty minutes, you will feel a lot better mentally, as well as physically! It has been shown that this activity improves the appetite, and sharpens up your ability in problem solving. As well as that, you will also find that it is much easier to sleep at night if you do moderate exercises, even if for only thirty minutes every day.
There are so many many benefits to you of regular exercise! It helps to promote self-discipline, and has a positive impact how you perceive life in general. If you feel good physically, you are much more likely to feel good about life in general. Exercise also helps in lifting your spirits and getting you out of any depression.
For those of you starting out for the first time, do remember that it is best to limit your exercise routine to 15 minutes a day for two to three days a week. You can increase the time you spend exercising, once your body has become accustomed to it. Do not ever push yourself to excess, and if you do strain yourself, then stop immediately. Take a break from exercising for a few days if you do, and then start over again, but you do need to begin the process as if you were starting out again from day one.
Here are some suggestions for moderate exercises that you can do and enjoy.
Make use of your surroundings by walking as often as you possibly can. You can walk with your dog, with your partner, or better still, with your children. Encourage your family to walk daily, and you will find yourself burning up the calories. At the same time you will be enjoying the surroundings, and getting sunlight and fresh air, which is also very good for your general good health.
Why not set out to discover the wonders of Yoga. Yoga is one of the more effective exercise programs, that energizes not only your body but also your soul. You may want to learn just the basic yoga
positions which are not too complicated, but have proven to be very effective nevertheless. A five-minute Yoga exercise can perk you up, and recharge your body with the energy you have lost during the whole day. With Yoga you relax, and at the same time you stretch yourself.
Make a point of taking up different sports, time permitting. Play basketball, football, baseball, tennis or badminton. Most doctors have recommended sports as an effective way to stay fit and healthy, but unless you are super fit, or a trained athlete, sporting activities should be undertaken in moderation.
Try and not take it too seriously!
To give you one example, just playing around shooting basketball with a friend, is a moderate exercise that is also considered as a sport.
See if you can join any exercise programs taking place at your work, and if you still do not have any exercise programs at your work, then why not see if you can start one. Suggest this to your boss, and start it up with your colleagues. This means that not only would you lose calories, it would also be one very good way of bonding with them.
You could do three sessions of thirty minutes a week for instance, possibly even during your lunch break.
Exercise while you are doing household chores, like gardening, raking leaves,lawn mowing, doing the laundry, vacuuming, washing the car etc etc. All of these are effective but moderate exercises that you can easily do at home. Instead of using machines and gadgets to perform these chores, why not do them with your hands, work up a sweat, and burn up some calories as well!
If you set out to make exercises like these part of your everyday daily routine, you will be surprised at how many calories you can actually lose. Would you believe for instance that moderate exercises of this amount done every day, can burn from 150 calories up to 1,000 calories per day!
I also happen to think that as I said at the beginning of this article, by taking a balanced and consistent approach as outlined above, you can achieve both your objectives as far as fitness and weight loss are concerned, and yet still maintain normality in your everyday life.