I’m a fan of The Biggest Loser. It’s fascinating, and encouraging, to watch a group of people that feel like for one reason or another they’ve lost control of their lives, but find the will to take control back. Granted, they have help and guidance through the trainers on the show, but ultimately the decision is theirs.
It’s really incredible to watch their bodies transform. In this weeks episode the five remaining contestants completed a 15.5 mile triathlon. Incredible, seeing how they’ve only been working out for just over 3 and a half months! It just goes to show you what movement (and good nutrition) can do for the human body.
This picture strikes me as ironic. photo credit
- relieve depression (so important this time of year!)
- control and/or relieve diabetes, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, arthritis, and asthma
- reduce stress
- boost esteem
- create new neurons
- control weight
- promote better sleep
- promote better sex (hubba hubba)
I know, you’ve heard it all before, right? You know you should get a gym membership, or put your walking shoes on as soon as you get home from work and step out the door, or dedicate yourself to 8 weeks straight of Hip Hop Abs at home. Actually, there are plenty of opportunities to move throughout the day.
That spot way in the back… take it. photo credit
- While you’re brushing your teeth, do calf raises (just stand on tip-toe over and over).
- Do 10 squats after each cup of coffee.
- Pace around the room, or stand on one foot, then the other, while watching TV.
- March in place or do some jumping jacks during commercials.
- Park in one of the farthest spots from your destination to get some walking in.
- If you sit all day at work, stand during the breaks you take.
- While sitting, straighten and bend your legs and make circles with your ankles.
- Do a few wall push-ups every time you use the restroom at work.
- Whenever you can, choose to stand (there’s more work involved for your body to do this).
If you have a hard time moving due to stiffness or joint pain, though it may seem counter-intuitive, movement will take that pain away. Just remember that your body was made to move. It increases circulation to help clean junk out of your veins and arteries. It speeds up your metabolism. It’s just good for you!