We've all heard the advice: get more exercise. It's good for you!
Ok, that SOUNDS fantastic, but what if the thought of exercise has you sweating bullets before you take a single step?
First, you're not alone. You probably hear the word and immediately think you need to go out and run miles until you drop. Or, you need to hop on a spin bike and pedal your way to killer legs. Maybe you envision lifting heavy weights that will get you absolutely ripped, but feel like torture.
Bottom line: many of us think we have to commit to at least 60-90 minutes at a time to get any benefit from exercise.
Let's bust that myth right now.
Yes, there are guidelines that say we should get 150 hours of activity per week. No one said it has to be done in just one or two sessions per week. We can break it down into smaller chunks to make it more realistic. You can do 30 minutes of activity 5 days a week--and even that can be broken down into smaller chunks (3 ten minute walks, for example.)
But, 150 minutes may be target not everyone can reach, especially if you're just starting out or have health issues. Don't give up, though!
When I started getting in exercise, I weighed nearly 400 pounds. That meant smaller, more frequent sessions of walking very slowly. I'm talking about 5-10 minutes a time at the MOST. Some days, it felt pointless. What good is 5 or 10 minutes of walking going to do? But those small sessions built up to longer walks, and then jogs, and then runs, and ultimately races.
Doing something was better than doing nothing! Your brain will want to tell you, "Why bother?" That's a trap called all or nothing thinking. And, it's the never going to lead you to a better life.
That's why this month's June Move it Challenge is emphasizing making a tiny commitment to moving just a little bit more. Why burn yourself out with setting huge goals, only to get discouraged later. Why not try setting a 5 or 10 minute goal and see how it feels. You can always add to it as the month goes on!
If that little voice in your head has been telling you "I can't do this" when it comes to getting more active, let's prove it wrong. Click here to sign up for the Lighter Side's Move It Challenge right now!
Ready to take the next step? I'm ready to walk by your side!
I'm Marie. I'm working toward a 200 lb. weight loss goal. I'm doing it with baby steps. Follow my journey here.