You are made to move. Even if you're stuck inside from bad weather or work obligations, you need to move. You know this. So today I’m going to ease up on the whys and jump in with the hows. This way you'll have even more time to implement these moves.
Exercise doesn’t have that much impact on shedding body fat (focusing on what you eat is best for that). It won’t transform your shape, either, regardless of what all of the celebs and magazines tell you (Photoshop is best for that).
But exercise is still wonderfully good for you. It trains your body to be strong, resilient, and capable, so you can use it to chase the life you want. I believe functional movement is the best way to do this. I alluded to it several posts back when I encouraged you to push your muscles once a week. So what is functional movement?
Many women opt for exercise in an attempt to burn off body fat. But chronic cardio, especially as you age, could have the opposite effect.
You’re dealing with a different body. Let’s call it more subtle. Pounding away at cardio or overdoing any exercise can end up preventing you from burning fat—and it may even make you store more. By stressing your body like that, you’re releasing cortisol into your system. Since your life is probably more stressful now than it used to be, adding more cortisol causes your body to hold onto fat, especially around your middle. Not only is that a potentially unhealthy place to carry weight, it doesn’t help you fit into your wardrobe, either.
You want to both look and feel good in your body but do you really want to spend every free minute of your day in pursuit of that?
That’s the opposite of wonderfulness.
Wonderfulness is about enjoying your health, your body, and your life. Adopting this mindset means accepting that you don’t need to suffer to boost your vitality. Not enjoying what you’re doing is just a drain on your precious energy and willpower. When you’re deliberate about choosing the behaviors and practices that are the most effective and pleasant for you, you’ll get faster and more lasting results.