It is that time of year, when the gyms and sports/fitness stores are all excited. This is the time of year right after New Years in which people come out to spend money on something to help them lose that weight finally!
I’ve seen it over and over again having worked in this industry for well over a decade. All the best intentions in the world, open wallets and sadly eventual burnout. A cycle that is repeated yearly by people over and over again.
I suggest a different mindset this year. Instead of spending $1000s on some new fancy machine to put in your home to “motivate” you (or spending big bucks for gym memberships or DVD workouts), focus on your lifestyle first.
I’ve always believed that “cardio” (or aerbobic exercise) should not be your main priority in losing weight.
This is not to say that you shouldn’t be “active” (as you should), just do it more in a fun lifestyle way…as I’ve never seen anyone smile at the gym running or biking in place.
You should also prioritize weight loss through your diet, and one of the biggest weapons there is to create a lifestyle where you are cooking (and controlling) most of your meals.
Of course I also encourage simple resistance training with body-weight or other simple equipment (bands, kettlebells, dumbbells, etc), but this is about other lifestyle changes that can make a big difference.
So instead of a new treadmill…here are 30 other things (in no particular order) you can go spend your money on that will hopefully keep you active, eating right and more importantly part of a lasting lifestyle solution you enjoy!
These are just a few suggestions as there are many other activities or ways to just go be active (or go “play”) in life. Do it solo or with others, however you enjoy.
Eat more “real foods” cooked at home for you/your family, as a lean and healthy lifestyle really starts there.
Lead by example, no need to preach. You will inspire others to do something once they see your own results (whether it be weight loss or just being happier/healthier).
It doesn’t need to be extreme or excessive (that’s more marketing). A simple active lifestyle adds up and you get the benefits from the sum of all the things you do over time.
“If your dog is fat, you are not getting enough exercise” ~ Anonymous (Click to Tweet)
Spend less time watching TV or surfing the web. Go outside to relax your mind and engage your body. You have the time, just need to manage it.
Take a short digital break/fast and go old school (analog). Leave the cell phone and iPods at home and take in the full experience of what you do. Reconnect with people around you, the community, your family/friends, get back to nature and most importantly yourself.
Go at your own pace. Sprint, walk, stop, jump, climb, play, be still, look around, and talk to people. That is what life is about.
When you are doing what you love to do day in and out, you will no longer need all those motivational posters or slogans….or a new treadmill.
So what are you going to get this year?