3 W's to get Moving!
Changing your routine or lifestyle by integrating some kind of exercise or physical activity can be challenging. Luckily, we have whittled it down into 3 easy steps. By doing these 3 things for 2-3 weeks, you will not only feel and look better but you will be looking forward to adding further exercises into your routine.
It sounds obvious but everyone seems to overlook it. Substitute soft drinks, coffee, and tea for water which helps boost metabolism, cleanses your body of waste, and acts as an appetite suppressant. So not only will you make your workouts more efficient, you will also cut down on your food intake, usually the biggest issue.
The editorial staff at WebMD recommend drinking ice-cold water as your body then has to work harder to warm the water up, therefore burning more calories and helping you to lose weight.
If you want to help in weight loss, follow the “8x8” rule - Drink 8 eight-ounce (0.25 kg) glasses of water per day for weight loss and to maintain an ideal weight. You may find yourself drinking more water than this and that is fine. If you exercise a lot or sweat heavily then you will need to replenish yourself accordingly.
Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life by:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Preventing or managing medical conditions such as heart issues, high blood pressure and diabetes
- Strengthening bones and muscles
- Improving your mood
- Improving your balance and coordination
The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits.
Aim for at least 30 minutes of walking a day. If you don’t have that much time in one go, try several short sessions of activity throughout the day. As Kanye said, “Slow motion is better than no motion”. Even small amounts of activity help and accumulate throughout the day adding up to provide health benefits.
Remember it's OK to start slowly — especially if you haven't been exercising regularly. You might start with five minutes a day the first week, and then increase your time by five minutes each week until you reach at least 30 minutes.
At the center of willpower is the ability to resist short-term temptations in order to achieve long-term goals. For a lot of people, exercise is their willpower challenge. But exercise is one of the best tools you can use to strengthen your willpower. Remember that consistency over intensity is more important, once you begin to create some momentum, you will find yourself increasing your physical workload as well as becoming tougher mentally.