challenge

Happy Wednesday! I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend and enjoyed this beautiful weather!

Something we hear quite often from patients is a question you may have been asking yourself: Why are my daily activities not counted as exercise?

You may think you live an active lifestyle because your job requires movement on a constant basis, or you run around after your kids all day. So, why is that not counted as actual exercise? Shouldn’t I be seeing better results without having to add an actual sweat session into my day? Isn’t my active lifestyle enough?

The truth is, when you do the same thing all the time, you are not challenging your body anymore. There comes a point where your body becomes used to the activity you perform on a regular basis, therefore no change. So, you begin to maintain your current weight rather than losing any. In order to get that extra calorie burn and rev up your metabolism to lose weight, you must add in an exercise session that will challenge your body. The more you exercise, the stronger your body will get, and the more you can challenge it to become even better. We recommend 4-5 times a week 30 minutes. We understand for most people 30 minutes is a big chunk of time but remember it is a healthy lifestyle that we are all striving for! At the end of the day it is a choice, choose to be healthier! I promise you’ll never regret it! 

So, if you have found yourself at a plateau in your weight loss, add an extra sweat session into your daily activity and you should start to see the weight come off once again.