Exercise, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
A few months ago I said that I would consistently bike and work out for the benefit of circulation and heart health… I quit probably the next day.
However! I lost a considerable amount of weight through eating properly so I thought I might try exercising to start building muscle and tone my body for when I lose enough weight for it to show. A few weeks ago I began cycling on a stationary bike and lifting weights and the difference between how I feel about exercising now compared to how I felt about it then is lightyears apart. When I weighed 270 pounds I would try exercising and feel horrible about myself because everything hurt and I couldn’t accomplish the physical tasks that a normal person could do. I believe I was 210 pounds when I tried biking again and I felt the exact same way. Now that I am 190 pounds I feel like I can actually move my body without it hurting!
I think that the problem with when I started exercising before is that I set a goal that was unachievable, I think the goal was something like; bike for an hour each day or until I burned off 500 calories. Immediately I was exhausted, in pain, and willing to quit. Now I only bike for 25 minutes every other day and lift weights for 5-10 minutes and I feel amazing!
I can wake up naturally at 8:00am and feel vibrant, each time I drip with sweat I feel this overwhelming sense of accomplishment, and the exfoliation is amazing. I don’t think I would be able to do any of the exercise at this consistency with the weight I had before. I realize that I was over extending myself and flying past what I should have done for what I was able to do but I have this new understanding of how important nutrition for the journey of weight loss.
I have recently been interested in the YouTuber Michelle Khare who makes videos called ‘Extreme Body Makeover’ where she takes a friend or family member and helps then achieve their ultimate physical potential. Several of the people she helps are over 250 pounds and while they do incorporate exercise the reality of the situation is that if they (even stated by the nutrition guy) if the diet does not correspond with the exercise there will be no results.
When you start exercising, be respectful to what your body can handle. If you sit on the couch every day then your body cannot handle a sudden flip to running for 30 minutes everyday. Pick something fun as well! I found this great spin class video on youtube that does an intense 20 minute work out and it is so much fun!
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