In February 2009 I was not exercising at all at 360 pounds, unhealthy, and totally out of shape! I struggled to bend over to pick up the dogs bowls off of the floor to feed them, so I hated the idea of exercise. When people see me now they will ask "Did you do P90X, join a gym, go through some intense training program, ….? I just smile, sometimes laugh, and tell them at 360 pounds I just focused on Moving More the first 6 weeks! I could not even think the word exercise the first six weeks of my journey. I thought about Moving More. I walked the dogs, took the steps every chance I could, picked up some dumbbells I had laying around, and parked further away at stores. By Day 29 I got on my bike for the first time in years. On Day 30 I walked 12 holes of golf before a blister got the best of me. On Day 34 I hiked 1.5 miles at my in-laws house in Pickens on a mountain road. I kept it simple (KISS) and JUST MOVED.
Some keys words I kept in mind:
- Change your thinking> I sat down with one lady about a year ago to talk to her about starting her journey. At the end of 45 minutes of Q&A she proclaimed she was going to join a gym! I was astounded. I asked her several times why she was going to do that? She looked perplexed and a little upset. I said I am not trying to trick you, BUT, in listening to you the last 45 minutes you have said, 1. you do not have the money to join a gym, 2. you hate gyms, 3. you love to walk on the beach & walk your neighborhood, 4. you always use to love to dance!
- Build on it> start with what you can do, what you want to do, and build on it. Once you start you may find yourself wanting to move more!
- KISS> Polly has lost about 30 pounds over the last 16 months and her main exercise tool is a pedometer!
- Variety> if you are bored change it up! But keep moving!
- Habits> make moving more a habit by tracking your activity.
Recent research suggests that people who are happiest with their, health, wellness and physical appearance accumulate 5-7 hours of exercise each week.
Examples of ways to MOVE MORE:
Jessica and Ryan with 969 The Wolf love Team sports, especially their kickball team! It's a great way to meet people, socialize, exercise, and find an excuse to drink beer. Most large cities are rife with intramural adult soccer, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, and softball leagues. Also there are a fair number of kickball and dodge ball leagues, which can be lots of fun. Rugby is also a great sport if you are serious about beer and learning to swear like a sailor.
Team sports keep you motivated, because people depend on your presence to play the game. Team camaraderie can be a great motivating factor, and other players can give you tips. Plus, team fees are usually much cheaper than a gym membership.
Depending on where you live, sports can be seasonal, so you may need to pick up more than one in order to stay exercising year-round. Also, games are often only once a week, so you'll need to practice in between to stay fit.
If you have a love of the water and want to find a way to spend more time outdoors, consider a paddle sport. You don't have to buy equipment because there are plenty of places in the Charleston area you can rent equipment to give it a try.
Canoeing and kayaking make for good upper-body and ab workouts while allowing you to see some lovely sites.
If you are prone to motion sickness, a day at sea on a kayak will only help you lose weight through losing your lunch. Also, purchasing and storing equipment can be a challenge for some people. Keep and eye out for used equipment online and in the print ads.
If some activities seem a little too tame, you might want to consider careening around a track on roller skates while other people try to knock you over. Roller derby has enjoyed something of a renaissance of late, and although you don't have to be a tattooed mega babe to try out for your local league, it's a good place to hang out with tattooed mega-babes. Roller derby is an intense cardio workout, but you don't have time to think much about it as you dodge your teammates and the flying fists of your opponents. And its big in Charleston, Columbia, and other areas now!
Like other team sports, roller derby is full of social events. Also, having cheering crowds attending your exercise regimen can be a real thrill.
Social events take up a great deal of time, to say nothing of the league meetings. Derby is not for the shy.
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