Let me share with you the exercise myth. And I get asked all the time by people: Do I have to exercise? And my answer is,”No you don’t have to.” Now the question is what do you want? Do you want to exercise?
First things first, movement is great for us. And I would suggest if you are someone that has an issue with exercise, is that you never use that word. If I said to you, “Let’s go off and exercise for half an hour,” you might recoil but if I said, “Hey, do you fancy going for a walk around the block for a few minutes,” you might be, “Yeah, I can do that.” So be really aware of labeling something as exercise if that puts you off. Of course, there are massive benefits to exercise, and actually when it comes to weight loss, it is intense short bursts that get you much further ahead than slow steady. When it comes to weight loss, you really don’t want to be doing any slow steady exercise for over an hour. And there is a reason for that, and that is because you have a hormone in the body called cortisol, and when you’re exercising for a long period of time, those levels increase, and the cortisol actually is a lot of the reason why you have all of that extra fat around your middle. There a lot of research is coming out that shows the huge health benefits of short intense bursts of exercise.
The other thing I would say to you is that exercise has an additional benefit in that it is more effective than antidepressant medication at lifting your mood. When you are feeling good and your mood is elevated, you are not thinking about raiding the fridge. So there is a real benefit there. People who exercise regularly usually feel better in themselves, and they usually have lower weight. It is not rocket science. But the other thing to do is to let yourself off the hook and start slowly.
I got a friend, she is lovely, she parks as far away from the supermarket as she can in the big parking lot. Then that is her walk. It can be really little things that make a lot of difference. You don’t need to start big. It is starting small. Because if you start small, then that is something that can stay in your lifestyle. When you go all out, and start going to the gym five times a week, the problem with that is, it is really easy for something to interrupt that. Because it is not actually a part of your lifestyle. You can get an injury, or work could get busier, or you could get a bug, and suddenly before you know it, you haven’t been for three months.
Start small. Short intense bursts are ideal. And I am talking only like 20 seconds, nothing major. There is a lot of information on the internet about something called the high intensity exercise. There is a lot of information there about that linking that to massive health benefits. No, you don’t need to exercise. You don’t need to do anything you don’t want to. It is a question of what would you like to do?