I'd like to say I had an epiphany this week, but it sounds a bit dramatic and over the top. This enlightenment concerned some mental blocks that I noticed still steer me in certain directions. I noticed that I've been strongly influenced by others and that their opinions still haunt in the back of my mind.
These thoughts can be quotes like "a continuous workout under 20 minutes is a waste because under that time you don't get to burn fat". Ok, this might be out of context but I remember this being said to me and what it did was make me unappreciative of any exercise I did that would be under that time frame. I felt, I had to do more more more and wasn't OK, on a walk I had to march whilst at red lights, I would add extra km to my walks home just so that I felt I had accomplished. And it never felt enough. That sentence makes sense, you need to work out long enough for the fat burn to start and get the body going. But hey, many HIIT training might just be 30 min or under, so how does that equation work out?
All exercise is good! And this mental block is picked up from my *attic* and thrown out. Its better to exercise 20 min or under, than stress about doing a longer session just to hit a wall. In addition, one should be more appreciative of any accomplishment. I'm saying this to those whom rarely exercise and are in a similar rut as I am, to those whom also feel that even the small things do not have a great impact, but they do!
I had an amazing discussion with one of my friends. He has lost a significant amount of weight through the small changes in life. First alcohol was reduced, so less after works during the month or beer with a dinner. Then walking to and from work was added, where upon he started swimming a couple of times a week. These small tweaks started a change that increased the hunger for more. He then added some exercise sessions per week and focused on his diet. Suddenly he found himself going to the gym on his holiday and makes sure he walks at least 10000 steps during the day :) At the moment he is going to the gym 4-5 times a week!!
The point is, you HAVE to start small and set realistic goals. Walking or cycling to the shop, taking the dog for an extra walk, taking the stairs, always choosing the one more extra small exercises does add up. When this is a part of your lifestyle then it's easier to add longer, harder and more frequent exercises. So, I have decided to do more of the little things. In addition, any HIIT, pram walk or a run is just the extra awesomeness that will tone my body.
These comments from friends, family members or even a boyfriend/girlfriend can make you focus on the wrong thing. The above quote is one of many I have emptied from my mind and it is easier to move on when your head is clear!