In the month of September, I had the privilege of attending some great women’s groups, the topic of exercise and weight gain kept coming up in conversations so here is my take on this whole debate. I think its important to know that, I am an avid exerciser, I grew up with my mom being a runner and I took on that trait when I was about 20 years old. I went on to run two marathons, one full marathon and one half. After that I got into boxing, running sprints, spinning and weight lifting. It was never do I feel like exercising today, it was what time am I going to fit in my hour routine. Some days I would leave feeling great, other days I would feel wiped out, but I still woke up the following morning and did it all over again! Yes, at that time in my life I felt like I was doing it all “right” and the marathons did bring me a sense of accomplishment, but what I did not realize at the time was I was totally exhausting my adrenals, which caused me to gain weight, especially in my abdomen area. Today I have a whole different way on how I view exercise. Down below I will share my five tips on how to be in balance and not gain weight, even without a vigorous routine!
Here are five facts and tips about Exercise and Weight Gain:
1. Exercise to tap into your body not to burn calories: The focus of exercise should never be, I am going to run 3 miles today so I can have chocolate cake tonight, you should really never have to reward yourself for something that you like to do. If the feeling behind your routine is one of anger or frustration, you will only be setting yourself up for more of what you do not want; anger and frustration, hence weight gain. Same goes with eating the piece of cake and thinking, Oh I will have to run and extra mile tomorrow for this. In that moment, you just lost the full taste of that delicious treat, and your mind has shifted from the enjoyment to a fear. Your body will automatically respond to the negative thought. If the intention behind your exercise routine is one of feeling good, enjoying the way your body feels and allowing your mind to be present to the activity, you will reap the benefits of whatever it is you choose.
2. Choose a routine that you love: This can change over time or daily, and it can be as simple as walking your dog or going for a bike ride. The point is to find something you really enjoy, it should not stress you out and you shouldn’t have to eat more or drink caffeine just so you can make it though your exercise routine.
3. Excessive exercise can cause weight gain: After time the adrenal glands become taxed which causes your body to go into fight or flight syndrome. The body thinks it is under attack and needs to hold onto food for extra energy and survival. Think of your whole nervous system being in a constant state of stress. The body has to work overtime to function which causes it to hold on to extra weight and water, especially in the mid section. If you feel like your body is working way to hard to maintain your routine, it probably is. You may having signs of: needing more caffeine, waking up sluggish, inconsistent bowel movements, low energy in the morning but cant sleep at night, feeling jittery throughout your day, unable to sit still, experiencing mood swings. This is your body’s way of telling you to slow down, it needs a rest.
4. Listen to your body: This is easier said then done. I know you probably have a million and one things to accomplish in a day and with all of this comes noise: street traffic, radio, kids, coworkers. Along with your own thoughts that race through your head, this can make it very difficult to listen to our bodies and go on automatic pilot ie; eat when you are not hungry, over eat, exercise when your body needs to rest, push yourself to get more “stuff” done. It is important to start paying attention to signals that your body will send you, this may take some alone time and you will possibly find some activities and food choices that do not serve you any longer. Find courage and strength to listen and take the action of letting go of what your body does not like and replace it with a healthier choice.
5. Be Mindful of Food Choices: A healthy balanced body begins on a cellular level, one of the easiest ways to create a healthy body is to feed it higher quality foods, when you put fresh, live foods into your body you change the vibration of your cells, which allows the body to become balanced naturally, without the manipulation of exercise or trying to control it in any way by “dieting”. The body is constantly renewing itself, replacing old with new, cells in the stomach take about four days to renew, skin cells are renewed every month So its important to begin a new whenever you want, there are no rules to getting healthy, its just important to start where you are at and know that a vibrant body and life await you!!
So where can you make healthier choices with your exercise mind set? I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, and I welcome any questions you may have.
To your health and beauty!