In the past few days I've heard people make comments about exercise that surprised me. Actually, they didn't really surprise me, but made me think about the different views on exercise. Even though I bodybuild, and train a lot, my views of exercise are not skewed in the sense that people have to train hours on end to by physically fit and healthy.
How much exercise do you get in?
Walking is a great way to burn calories
In fact, I tell new bodybuilding clients that I would never train someone looking to be physically fit the way I would train for a bodybuilding show. They are just looking to be healthy, not shredded. Can I tell you the surprised looks I get?
The average person with a healthy nutrition program and three or four days of exercise can attain a good bill of health and stay fit, or reduce existing health problems. So when I hear someone tell me that all they can do for exercise is walk, or that they could only fit 10 minutes of exercise into their day, my thought is, "That's better than nothing."
Every goal is different
Goals for each person are different, but even a little exercise to raise your heart rate is better than sitting on your ass all day. Taking a slow paced walk to your corner store is better than hopping in your car for the 1/10 mile distance. Walking your kids to school offers fresh air, time to communicate with your kids, and picks up your heart rate, especially if your child is running late. Everything is relative, but exercise, no matter how little, is still beneficial.
Family Karate Class
For example, let me share a story with you about my karate class.
I began studying Karate with my children and we had our third class on Tuesday. I'm physically fit, even in my off-season, and the class is hard. I am sore with each class, and it definitely reminds me of my age.
During this class there is a family who comes together and they are all a little over weight, but the mother is obese, and it doesn't stop her. She began going to class three days a week, and throughout the class I can hear her family supporting her with comments like, "You can do this mom," and "Just don't quit, mom." It is very obvious there are concerns here for many reasons, but the family support is awesome.
During the class, the mother sometimes looks at me and says that she is having a problem with the sit-ups, or that she can't raise her legs high during a kick. Well, these are all quite understandable, especially in her physical condition, but guess what? She's still going to class, and doing the best she can.
These three hours of activity, even without a change in nutrition, is good for her. She should change her nutrition also, but I believe baby steps are more important than several giant leaps.
Any exercise is better than nothing
Each step whether you're walking, running, kicking for karate, or jumping rope with your kids is a step in the right direction. If you are just beginning your exercise program, then take it one step at a time, until you can find a way to introduce longer periods of exercise into your day.
When you're doubting yourself and your exercise program remember that any exercise is better than nothing so don't quit.
Lisa M. White
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