There are certain words that instantly produce a visceral reaction. In my case these are…diet and exercise.
The first has me thinking that I can only eat raw carrots and celery. Of course, I know better. Yet, deprivation is still what pops into my head.
Exercise brings back memories of the 20-Minute Workout. If you were around in the late ’80s these women were THE thing.
Twenty minutes, my ass! It was 30 minutes because you were supposed to keep moving during the commercials. Here were buff, spandex-clad women doing non-stop aerobic exercises while the camera panned around them. When you watched, you got caught up in the enthusiasm they exuded. It couldn’t be that hard. They weren’t even winded. It would be a cake walk. Wrong. One day, I did 23 of the 30 minutes then simply couldn’t do any more. I spent the next five days in agony, particularly when going down stairs. OMG! My legs hurt so much!!!
If this, or similar has happened to you, then I totally understand the aversion to exercise. I now trick my brain by using the term body movement. This, evokes graceful dancing, or gardening, walking, and, yes, I’m going there, sex.
Going to the gym isn’t for everyone. Instead, you can do interval training. Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as you think. However, it works IF and only if you do it on a DAILY basis. No cheating.
It has do to with timing and level of movement. Most important is to get your heart rate up for at least 20 seconds several times over the course of 10 minutes. This habit equals the benefits of 45 minutes of steady-paced exercise.
Let me give you an example for someone who does no exercise at all and decides to start walking. Here are the instructions to follow:
First, walk at a moderate pace for two minutes, then for 20 seconds walk as fast as possible. At the end of 20 seconds, resume walking at the original moderate pace for another two minutes. Keep doing this for a total of 10 minutes.
Pick a ten-minute window when you can do your activity of choice making sure it’s something that you’ll enjoy. Love to dance? Go for it.
Don’t start jogging if you hate to run. You’ll find every excuse imaginable to get out of doing the 10 minutes that’s so good for you.
I challenge you to try this out. Be sure to share your results in the comments section below.
Want to learn more about the interval exercise? Check out this article. http://time.com/4311373/interval-training-benefits/