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Move, Move Move!

Move, Move, Move!

For those of you who think that moving your body doesn’t help with weight loss, well time to re-think again! Exercise is important; any kind of exercise, any kind of movement to your body is important. The older we get the harder it can become to move our bodies and shed those pounds, that we have been hanging on to for years.

I always hated exercising. When I was young, yes, I played some sports, but I wasn’t enthusiastic about it. You had to participate in gym class whether you liked it or not. I didn’t really pack on the weight until after college years, but I never really moved a lot as I got older either, hence the pounds came on!

I didn’t participate in sports past grammar school years, and the only exercise I got past college was walking or swimming. Of which I still love to do. But I became too relaxed, and too desk bound to get up and move. The pounds came on, the movement became less and the energy was sometimes non-existent. Then came the knee problems, making it even worse to move around with any kind of ambition. I would always tell myself, once I got a good diet going, and I lost some pounds it would be easier for me to exercise and move around more. This is true, the less weight you have on your body, the easier it is to move around more, but the truth is losing weight and moving your body go hand-in-hand. If you exercise and eat healthy together, the weight will come off, and for most of us, it will come off a lot quicker and easier!

The scale proves it! Just exercising 10 minutes a day to start off, gives you that incentive to keep moving. You don’t have to go full-scale and join a gym, or aerobics class, or do yoga, or start jogging. Just simple stay-at-home exercises work wonders too.

When I started one of my many diets a few years ago, I would walk around a cemetery a few times, because I was so overweight and embarrassed about my weight, I did not want anyone seeing me. This kind of stigma is all too real for overweight people. It caused a real deterrence for me back then, hence the body shaming and non-movement era for me, and so many others.

I exercise in the comfort of my own home right now, not because of what I think others think, I have moved way past that stigma attachment; but because it is easier and more convenient for me. If I have to get up in the morning, put on separate exercise clothes, drive a few miles to a gym or other exercise place, then come back home, shower and dress yet again, for me, I won’t do it.

All you have to do, is move around for 10 to 20 minutes a day to start, to get comfortable in your own body, and to build up your stamina again. I start out on an inexpensive stationary bike, and then I use hand-held weights to work my upper body. I have this in my living room, where I have to see it every day. I can watch a favorite TV program, put on some of my music, or look out the window at all the pretty colors. Before I know it, 10 minutes has gone by, and then onto the next 10 minutes of other movement. That’s it! Easy Peasy. I feel great afterwards, I have ambition and stamina and boom, I am ready to start my day!

I am not preaching that this is the way to go for everyone however. For those of you who like to get out and go to a gym, or early morning walk on a bike trail, go for it! You will know what works for you and what doesn’t, the important thing is that you are doing it! The weight comes off a lot quicker and easier, and you feel so much more energy when you move, that it is so worth it! Eventually if you want, you can increase the amount of exercise you do and the amount of time that you do, whatever you feel comfortable with. I have no intention of running any marathons any time soon, or joining a power house gym, or trying anything new. For me, this works and that is all that matters. Find what your niche is and go for it! Be consistent, move every day, log it in with your meal plans. Remember, when you move you burn calories also! Need a day off or two, then take it! But don’t get lost in the time away from moving that you actually forget to move and get off track.

Be persistent, it will take some time to get back into action, so don’t expect instant results. Eating a healthy meal plan along with your exercising go hand-in-hand, so give it time. In no time, you will start to feel better, you will look better, you will sleep better and you will be more full-filled and closer to reaching that end goal. To lose weight, and continue that health happiness journey you so deserve!

So, get up and move that body! Dance in the rain, walk under the stars, swim with the dolphins!

Be the “YOU” you want to be!

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