Ideally, we would all have a free hour each day, and we could stop by the gym when it felt convenient for us. We would perform a one-hour workout, rotating activities each time, and emerge feeling refreshed and energized. And of course, our weight loss plan (or weight maintenance plan) would benefit from the hard work.
If you had to name the number one unhealthy habit, how would you reply? Most people might say smoking, or eating too much junk food. And while you would be correct that these are terribly damaging habits, you might also be surprised at the results of a new study. One unhealthy habit was actually found to be even worse than smoking… And many people wouldn’t guess this one.
You know that exercise is important for your overall health, and especially helpful if you’re following a weight loss plan. But many times, life gets in the way of our plans, and we need to schedule our daily goals more creatively. Considering that our days are much shorter during the winter, you might sometimes head out for a walk at night. An after-dinner walk is relaxing, and can help you meet your exercise goals, but we also want you to stay safe.
It’s a common assumption that running is a preferable form of exercise, over walking. After all, it’s more difficult and boosts your heart rate much higher. But it’s not actually a fact that running is better than walking in every situation. In fact, there are several reasons that walking might be the better form of exercise for weight loss, for some people. For example…
When most of us decide to get fit, lose weight, or achieve some other goal related to our health, we tend to focus on the “how”. We create an eating plan or workout schedule, or otherwise craft a regimen that we believe will lead to our success. And those things are certainly important! After all, most people don’t achieve a goal simply by thinking about it.
For most of us, the five-day work week provides structure. Even if feeling over-scheduled isn’t exactly fun, simply having a schedule helps you to stay on track toward your fitness and weight loss goals.
Then the weekend arrives, and most of us feel tempted to procrastinate. We sleep til noon, snack throughout the day, and by Sunday evening we realize we’ve indulged in way too much Netflix. Whoops! You certainly don’t mean to backtrack every weekend, but it happens quite frequently.
Walking is one of the most popular forms of exercise, and for good reason. It’s something almost everyone can do, it doesn’t require any special skill, you don’t need much equipment other than a good pair of shoes, and you can do it almost anywhere at any time! For those on a weight loss plan and a tight schedule, walking makes sense as a regular form of exercise.
You’ve been faithfully working out for a few weeks or months now, or maybe even longer. You’re seeing great results from exercise, you feel more energetic, and you’re happy with your progress overall. These are all positive outcomes. But on the negative side, you’re feeling a bit bored with your workout routine. Sometimes you really have to push yourself to get started, and you feel a bit less enthusiastic overall.
As you renovate your health, especially if you’re following a weight loss plan, you will be faced with some challenges. If you’re less healthy than you could be (and most of us are), chances are good that certain habits are to blame. So, in order to get healthier, you will be confronted with the task of breaking those habits. The road to better health is always paved with better choices.