I hear variations of this excuse all the time from people who try to rationalize not exercising: “But I’m active all day at work.” or “I’m on my feet all day; I never sit down.” or my favorite excuse: “I get a lot of exercise from gardening.”
My standard reply would have to be: “How’s that working for you? Are you the weight you want to be?”
To get results from physical activity, it must raise your heart rate for an extended amount of time. The kind of activity people get at their jobs or while gardening is not continuous activity. It starts & stops too much to keep the heart rate elevated. Are you a little out of breath while working or gardening? Probably not. Then it’s not exercise, not the kind that will burn fat. And if you’ve been at the same job long enough, your body has become used to that activity – it’s not changing anything anymore.
The good news is you CAN lose weight with exercise and keep it off. And it’s not about the calories you burn while you exercise. It’s about how the exercise changes your metabolism, so you burn more calories all day long (even while working and gardening).
Even if you think you’re too tired at the end of the day for more activity, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover that regular exercise gives you MORE energy, helps you sleep better at night, and relieves stress throughout the day. And even better, you can get great physical activity without stepping foot in a gym. Walking, biking, dancing, and what if you made it FUN?
Read more about exercise and burning fat in the amazing hard-to-find book, How to Lower Your Fat Thermostat by Dennis Remington, Garth Fisher & Edward Parent. (We have copies in stock).
Call Buffalo Hypnosis at (716) 874-9050 to schedule your free screening and find out how hypnosis can help you motivate yourself to exercise and stick with it.
*Remember to consult with your doctor before starting any exercise program.*