April 2, 2009 - Just Move It, to Lose It

Sounds pretty logical right? If you want to lose weight you need to move your body around. The thing is, most people move very very little....in fact a recent study indicated that morbidly obese individuals are sedentary more than 99% of their day. That means they only do any kind of significant movement for little more than 8 minutes per day according to the study! The rest of the time they are essentially plopped and not moving. I wouldn't hesitate to guess that most people, even those who appear to have a somewhat ideal weight are not moving much more than this either. I can speak to this having trained hundreds of people and listened to what their lives are like in terms of activity that physically amounts to much and I can tell you right now the vast majority do next to nothing in terms of activity. Walking to the car, walking into the office or into a store are not considered exercise or sufficient physical activity unless you have spent weeks or months in a bed. This amongst other factors is a huge contributor to the fact that very few people are in shape, even those who may appear to be phsyically (because they are thin). The bottom line is you have to set aside time to take care of yourself, move and be really active. Most people I see working out in gyms etc are not working out anywhere close to hard enough....and how could they be when they are distracted by things in their ears, tv's in their face and other people socializing. Now I'm not saying those things are bad it's just that if you've ever really pushed yourself hard when you worked out you have no interest in those things because you are so focused on keeping yourself going and doing the exercise that you can't think about a conversation or some other distraction. This is the kind of work you need to really get in shape, especially if you haven't worked out regularly in years. If this sounds like you, today's the day to start a new lifestyle, no more excuses......if the President of the United States can find time to workout then no one has any legitimate excuse for not "having time". If you're honest with yourself you will admit the real reason is simply lack of planning and laziness. So stop it and start moving it if you want to lose weight or you will lose your body slowly but surely. Be real, be honest, be strong and live the life you were meant to live.