Any change is a positive step forward
One think I have found over the years working with people who want to make a health and lifestyle change is that everyone is so individual and what works for one person may not work for someone else.
I work in the fitness industry and I love to exercise and I love to motivate others through my passion for exercise and there are times when I encounter people who just do not enjoy exercise at all and who find it emotionally challenging to work out.
Usually when this happens we have to find other avenues to make health and fitness changes, because if you are not enjoying it, you are not going to make a commitment to stick to your exercise routine, and in reality making a regular routine is how we make the difference and achieve goals.
If you are someone who feels this way about exercise then maybe I have the solution for you and you can incorporate your exercise into your every day activity and life and still achieve your health and fitness goals.
What I'm talking about is increasing and incorporating incidental exercise into your everyday life.
Incidental exercise is any exercise or physical activity that is part of your daily routine.
this can include walking around the supermarket, doing household chores such as vacuuming or even just getting up to change the channel on the television.
Exercise is all about movement, so any form of movement throughout your day will help to yield the results you are looking for.
if you make the effort to think about your movement throughout the day, then anything is possible.
There are many examples of incidental exercise other that what I have mentioned.
. Park far away from a store in the parking lost instead of driving around waiting for the closet spot. After shopping, push your cart all the way back to the front of the store, rather than leaving it in the lot.
. Take the time to head outdoors for a walk in your lunch break - you might even find it will give you the time to clear your head ready for a productive afternoon at work.
. Practice the three-floor rule - if your destination is three floors or less, take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. If it's more that three floors, get off at least one floor away and take the stairs the rest of the way.
. Use a cordless phone and walk while you talk.
. If walking the dog is part of your daily routine, add an extra block or a steep hill to your normal route.
. When on an outing at the park, shopping mall, soccer game etc, make sure you park an extra block from your destination and walk to your location instead of taking the direct route.
. Put extra effort into sweeping, gardening and other chores by adding energetic music - you could even set a time frame to complete your chores. This is almost like doing a workout in the studio except in your backyard and home.
Over the years I have also found that encouraging my clients to buy a pedometer, or download an app on your phone for 10 000 steps program an really get you motivated to keep moving through out your day.
Set a length of time you wish to challenge yourself for, four weeks, six weeks or eight weeks.
The longer you do it for the better your results will be.
Aim to do 10 000 steps throughout the day. If you don't achieve it first up, don't beat yourself up - just aim to increase each day's activity until you are at your gaol.
As I always say - if you combine a healthy nutritional plan you will soon be achieving health and fitness without having to put yourself through workouts.
Any change is a positive step forward, so start the change today and see the results for Summer and the holiday season. Which is only eight weeks away.
Shelley Myatt is the owner and operator of Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-Being, Columnist, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker based in Toowoomba, Qld.