When my #weightlossjourney began about a year and a half ago, I had a coach helping me. And he told me something I didn't want to hear. He told me that I had to exercise.
I like to exercise, so that wasn't the problem, but I have an issue. I tend to injure myself when I workout--especially when I am lifting something.
But then, I thought about this. I can walk. I can walk like crazy. I walk in the heat (well hydrated). I walk in the freezing cold. I can walk in the daytime. I can walk at night.
Using a bouncer, I can even "walk" in my living room.
And that's what I did. And I lost 40 pounds. Love it.
I would be walking around the track at the college and it was so cold that my fingers cried. But about 20 minutes in, I didn't care. About 30 minutes in, every care in the world would just drop right down on the track.
And then I quit walking and went to more body weight exercise in a bid to build more strength.
And I quit losing.
I just figured this out.
I have previously done the 10,000 steps a day. And it was great. And it's fun. But my step-counter is nowhere to be found.
But it doesn't matter because I don't really need it.
One of the great things about being a teacher is that I walk on the job.
*I know that some of you think that teachers sit behind a desk and bark out orders. I'm not talking about that. I don't call that teaching.
*Side note to teachers: set up your classroom to make it easy to walk around. It's good for the kids and for you.
So as a teacher I walk. From previous experience, I know that I can easily put 4000 to 6000 steps on the counter just by teaching.
I can also easily add 30 to 45 minutes of walking in my neighborhood or at the track or down the creek path.
And I know it will really help my nutrition efforts.
By the way, my strength training consists of whatever variety of push ups, squats, pull ups, and leg lifts I can dream up when I work out. And I love doing it. I have every intention of continuing this.
The Exercise Plan
- keep walking in the classroom
- walk in my neighborhood
- walk at the track
- walk down the creek trail
- use the bouncer - Click here to read my article about losing with the bouncer... Featuring a 7 day plan.
- continue strength training twice a week
This is my plan going into May. My goal is to hit this at least five days a week. And to keep up strength training at least 2 days a week.
If YOU need to exercise more (or some) or differently, I bet you can sit down for five minutes and figure out a plan that will work better than what you have been doing.