If you’re like me you’ve probably put on a few extra pounds in the last few years.
As a software developer, I sit at my desk for 7 to 9 hours a day and when I get home it’s not unusual for me to spend another couple hours blogging or gaming before bed. So it’s not hard to see how that can affect you; if you let it.
This post is intended to motivate all you desk jockeys, like myself, to start today to live a more active lifestyle; a better lifestyle!
It’s not about dieting. Dieting is not a lifestyle change — it’s a temporary fix. Dieting is fine if you want to drop a few pounds quickly to fit into your swimsuit before you take that cruise to Tahiti, but it’s no way to live. What works best is a lifestyle change; I’m sorry, but there’s no such thing as a quick fix. Aristotle said, “You are what you perpetually do” meaning that what you make as a habit will be just that – a habit. Are you creating good habits or bad habits?
Make “activity” just as important as blogging or watching your favorite TV show!
Notice that I used the word “activity” and not ! This is because some people associate a negative connotation to the word Exercise. They think Exercise means “no fun”. Folks, anything in life that is “no fun” is going to be hard to form a habit around. So you need to find things that you enjoy. There’s plenty of things to choose from: walking, hiking, biking, running, swimming, soccer, basketball, tennis, Kung Fu, pilates, yoga, dancing and much much more. Exercise
If you’re going to stand a chance at being able to sustain any activity for a long period of time, like the rest of your life, then you need to make it fun, or at least somewhat fun.
For example, I lift s 3 times a week. Lifting Weights is not what I would call fun. But, I’m able to pull if off because I do it over my lunch hour with friends. By including friends in your activity it now makes it a social event. This is key! Doing just about anything with friends involved can be fun and it also helps to keep you accountable. If you struggle with staying motivated then try and get a friend or two involved. Weight
I’m not a health nutritionist, so I will just tell you what works for me. It’s not hard — no Atkins diet or South Beach or anything else like that.
The first thing you need to do is figure out how many calories per day you need to maintain your current ; for me it’s right around 2,000. You can find yours Weighthere. Now it’s real simple, eat less calories than that number and you will lose . For me, I try to have 3 good days, 3 neutral days and 1 bad day. A good day is when I eat less than 2,000 calories. A neutral day is when I eat right around 2,000 calories and a bad day is when I just go hog wild and eat more than 2,000 calories. You need to allow yourself one bad day, typically a Friday or Saturday night out with friends. Weight
Well that’s it. I allow myself to eat anything, but I watch the calories. Again, I’m no nutritionist, just a geek that tries to stay in shape. It’s all pretty simple; some healthy activity and some sensible eating is what it takes.