Gym goers and fitness experts will tell you about their long sessions at the gym. They’re pumping weights, running miles and sweating like pigs as they burn fat, build muscles and make their bodies ache. This isn’t for everyone and, despite what many people think, it’s not needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Depending on what type of fitness goals you have, you might even be able to regain your sanity and focus on low-impact workouts, such as these suggestions at greatist.com, and still have the energy to do the things you love. Here’s a few tips on how to stop working yourself to the bone, but still see results.
Overworking Yourself Isn’t Healthy
Let’s get this pain myth out of the way. If you feel sore after working out or doing some form of physical activity, it’s most likely your muscles rebuilding themselves and your body’s fitness improving. However, make no mistake—it could also be a sign of injury. Unless you’ve been working out long enough to be able to differentiate between pains and soreness, you might be pushing yourself too much and actually injuring yourself instead of building muscles and improving your fitness.
It’s important to consult your doctor if you feel like you are experiencing actual pains instead of feeling the “burn” effect of working out. If the pains are ruining your workout, then you can read up more information on a website like JustNoPain.com to find out about ways to deal with pain in your exercise routine.
Weight Loss Is All in the Food
It probably goes against everything you’ve learned about weight loss, but keep in mind the basic principle of losing weight: burn more calories than you consume. However, people don’t understand the truth about our bodies: we burn calories doing nothing. To even have our bodies function and for us to even be alive, our body needs to burn calories like fuel. The more calories you eat, the more fuel you have to burn but if you aren’t using this fuel, your body stores it for later use.
This is how we build up fat. Fat is energy and we only burn it when our bodies work, which is why many people believe that exercising is the most important thing when it comes to losing weight. However, simply washing the dishes, typing on your keyboard at your desk or even walking to and from work also burns calories. Sure, you aren’t going to burn as many calories playing a video game as you would running a mile, but you are still burning calories.
Once you understand this, you will probably realize that as long as you cut down on eating foods, you can lose weight by not even exercising a single minute. According to runnersconnect.net, you burn roughly 315 calories by running at a moderate pace for half an hour. That’s equivalent to a baked potato, a chicken salad or a small cup of cereal. If you don’t feel like 30 minutes of workout is worth eating a cup of cereal, then skip the cereal and you can skip the run—it’s as simple as that.
Weight loss doesn’t have to be all about sweating and working out at the gym. You can lose weight elegantly by simply cutting down foods and being more active in the day. Working out should be something you do to stay healthy and keep your heart pumping, and you shouldn’t see working out as a means to only get fit. Make sure you’re working out for the right reasonssto and stop following trends, fads and advice of people who don’t do enough research.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.