When you think of weight loss what type of exercise springs to mind? Put your hand up if cardio was the first thing that popped into your head. Unfortunately it isn’t always the case and I want to delve a bit deeper into why and what may work better for you.
Most people tend to think the way to lose weight quick is to run yourself into the ground on a treadmill (literally) and cut right back on your calorie intake. Well darling I am here to tell you to maybe think twice before doing that as you could be doing more harm than good.
Cardio is a great form of exercise, don’t get me wrong, I like a good run like the next person, but sometimes it isn’t what our bodies want or need. Have you ever sat down quietly before heading into your gym session and asked your body what it felt like today? I bet a lot of you answer no to this question and it isn’t your fault at all, it is what is told and drilled into us through magazines, television and what ‘other’ people think is the way to do it.
Times they are a changing and it is now time to let your body talk to you instead of shushing it and exhausting it. It may sound strange at first but our bodies talk to us all the time, after you have eaten something, when you haven’t had enough sleep or you are under too much pressure at work. Think about those headaches you get, the stomach pains or colds and flu; this is your body talking to you, telling you what it needs. Sometimes it needs rest, sometimes it needs you stop and take some time out and sometimes it needs you to take a few deep breaths and clear your mind. It is exactly the same when it comes to exercise.
When you stop pushing your body to its absolute limit, it will give you that respect back. Weight loss becomes easier (goodbye kilos), little things don’t bother you so much, food becomes more about nutrition and less about an emotional coping tool, exercise is fun and not a drag and you will stick to a routine for the long haul.
So next time you are putting your runners on, stop, take a deep breath and ask “body how would you like me to move you today?”. The answer will pop into your head and there is your session sorted. It might be you want to go for a long walk, do a yoga class, participate in a boxing class, a long run to clear your head or a full on weights and resistance workout at the gym.
Just listen and your exercise regime will love you for it, plus you get a variety of different movements that will serve you for that particular day. Sweaty cardio sessions and calorie restriction may work for you but does your body really enjoy it? Will it keep giving you the results you want for the long term? My bet is no.
Kylie is a passionate and dedicated personal trainer, wellness coach and blogger. Her mission in life is to show and teach women everywhere that they are strong, beautiful and deserve all the happiness in the world and to do this it is all about nourishing and moving your mind, body and spirit. She does this by combining her personal training skills and wellness coaching skills into one to give her clients the best tools for success with their lifestyle change. Kylie adores her blog and writes to inspire, inform and connect with her Radiant tribe through meaningful conversation, tips and opinions to get her readers thinking and exploring different aspects of themselves and life.
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