You probably figured out that moving your body is one of the keys to losing weight. Exercise might sound really scary and boring to you. I have found that exercising is the single most effective way to get lots of energy. What is a nap on the couch compared to a quick power walk or an exercise session? Sleeping will just make you more sleepy (of course you should get a good nights sleep of 7-8 hours), but to laze around in the bed or sofa consuming snacks and sweets is gonna make you chronically tired.
You should get started right away to find a good way for you to exercise that you find enjoyable so that you can stick to the plan. If not playing any sports or going to the gym, walking is a good way to get started. And I don’t mean strolling around window shopping. Lace your sneakers and go out for a proper power walk. Being out in the nature or in the park can be a great experience. Set a goal for your exercise and get moving. No excuses!
If you for an example decide to start walking, decide which distance you should walk and how often. Don’t be to soft on yourself now, it has to be exercise. A great thing that I did was to download the iPhone-app “Runkeeper” which kept track of when and where I walked, and what distance. It made me compete with myself and keep track of all activities, which made me perform even more. I dig more into the field of exercise later as it is – want it or not – a central part in weight loss and weight management. Weight loss is about 75% diet and 25% exercise.
Start breathing – the right way
What now, do I think you’re not breathing? Of course you are, but maybe you are not doing enough deep breathing with your belly (diaphragm). This is actually a great way to calm your mind, and helps your lymphatic system boost up in the process of getting rid of all the toxins in your body. Deep breathing is a good way to lower your stress and anxiety (it lowers the cortisol level), suppress cravings, helps raise the cardiovascular capacity which means the amount of oxygen our heart and lungs can deliver to your cells. Deep breathing encourages the burning of fat even in low-demand activities as the high intake of oxygen promote burning of fat for energy rather than using up the energy supply in the cells.
Breathe your bad mood out
Have you seen the movie “The green mile” starring Tom Hanks? The giant Coffey, played by Michael Clarke Duncan has the ability to “suck” the illness and madness out of people and breathe it out as a black sizzling cloud of particles. I like to imagine deep breathing in that way, it’s so visual.
Whenever I feel stressed or bitter and angry for a silly reason I take deep breaths and as I breathe out I imagine all the stress, bad mood, anger, irritation and gloom disappear like a black gooey cloud. I breathe in clean air filled with harmony, comfort, happiness and relief and breathe out bad stuff. Try that the next time you are in a bad mood, or for example is stopping at a red light and feel the stress level raise.
Getting lots of oxygen into your body is a very positive thing. It’s one of the good things with aerobic exercise. More oxygen in – more carbon dioxide out, a good workout for your heart and a jolt of oxygen through your cells.
Start your morning by doing some deep breathing, while in a relaxed state. Take a really deep breath through your nose, hold it to the count of 4-6 seconds and exhale twice the time you inhaled. Repeat for a number of times. During this “exercise”, think about your goal and empower yourself by imagining yourself being that person you intend to be – slender, healthy, full of energy and fully alive.
Deep breathing can be a good first step to begin your exercise plan so start doing it whenever you can.