As I wrote about in my post How I moved my Ass in 2021, and why you should get moving too (Final Update 1200 km walking goal), it’s crucial to our health that we move our bodies regularly.
I use the term, move our bodies, because I don’t want to frighten some people with the words, exercise or workout!
Seriously though, that is my approach to regular movement: just move your body.
I want to lose 40 lbs by July 1, 2022, and although exercise is not my main strategy to drop the weight, moving my body will complement my efforts to become healthier and achieve my weight-loss goal.
It doesn’t matter how you move your body, especially when you start.
Simple ways to start are to:
- Walk outside
- Walk up and down the stairs in your house
- Walk on the spot or throughout your home
- Dance to some upbeat songs
- Follow a simpler exercise video on Youtube (take the time to research and try ones that challenge you, but that are not too difficult)
There are tons of free, easy ways for beginners to get their bodies moving.
How I’m Moving my Body to Get Healthy and Support Weight-loss
Except while I’ve been sick for the last couple of weeks, I aim to move my body every day.
My goal is to walk on my treadmill or walk outside on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter for how long or for how far. I just want to take specific time to walk.
Walking is easy, simple, convenient and free.
I also have a 2022 goal to move 3000 km based on my Fitbit data.
In order to do that, I need to move approximately 9 km per day, based on my Fitbit.
Towards the end of each day, I look at my Fitbit km to see where I’m at. My daily km goal is set to 9 km, so when I achieve that distance, Fitbit fills in my goal circle. When I don’t achieve the goal, you can see that the circle is not filled in.
If it’s been a slow day because I was sick or due to some other unusual situation, I don’t worry about the distance for that day.
If I notice I’m at 7 km or somewhere close to my daily goal of 9 km, then I get motivated in the evening to get on my treadmill to try to reach 9 km (or when summer gets here, I’ll get out for an evening walk).
I know from my 2021 goal that if I leave too many km to the end of the year, I’ll be working hard to meet my walking goal by the deadline, so I keep an eye on that daily km number.
Earlier in the month, I decided to try an app called 7 Minute Workout.
It’s free for the first three days, and then it’s $25 for 3 months at a time. I figured 3 months would be a good amount of time to try it to see if I liked it.
I only did it for three days because then I started not feeling well, but I loved it, and I can’t wait to get back to it!
It’s so easy, even for a beginner.
You just pick your exercise by body part or intensity, and go! Each exercise is demonstrated with a little animated graphic, and then the app counts down 30 seconds for you while you do it.
You can build up and make your workouts 14 or 21 minutes, but even the 7 minutes I did was tiring. I definitely need to get into shape, which I plan to really focus on in the second half of 2022.
You can even synch your Spotify playlist with your workout.
Here’s what the app looks like.
In addition to walking and trying other things like this 7 Minute Workout app, I shovel the snow on occasion and of course, do things around the house like vacuuming. Those can be a workout too!
In the end, I want to be strong, lean and healthy. Moving my body by walking regularly and exploring other activities I might like is an essential part of achieving that vision.
Although I believe that the quality of food we put in our mouth is the most important factor in reaching optimal health and weight loss, we can never achieve quality health without also moving our bodies.
Good luck to you as you try to find body movement you can feel good about.
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