“The Importance of Moving More” By Maria Khaled RD, LD

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So, the notion, “A Body in Motion Stays in Motion, A Body At Rest, Stays At Rest” is completely true. The more our bodies move throughout the day, the more we burn calories and work towards successfully losing weight on our weight loss journey. The goal is to really move more and do the little things throughout the day to help get us to that point.

Some of these things may be parking your car further from your destination, taking the stairs instead of the elevator (if time permits), getting more steps in throughout the day (aim for 10,000 steps a day and use a pedometer), engage in activities that you enjoy such as strength training, cycling, yoga, dance, cardio, walking, or any sustained physical activity that you will enjoy for a minimum of 180 minutes a week. This can break down to 30 minutes a day or 60 minutes a day for 3 times a week.

Remember, 180 minutes is the minimum amount of recommended physical activity per week and we should be getting more. If a person has not exercised in a while, it’s a good idea to start with walking and go from there. Diversifying workouts is a great idea as well; however, first starting with one activity that you enjoy and then building on it to develop consistent routines to where you are burning those calories throughout the day and abstaining from too many sedentary behaviors.

As one progresses on their journey with moving more, the goal is to develop a consistent routine, then incorporate in a HIIT (high intensity interval training) at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes a day. If you have not heard of HIIT, there are many videos out there on youtube with routines to familiarize you; however, it consists of getting that heart rate into the fat burning zone (heart rate monitors) for 60 seconds and then bringing it back down throughout the workout to burn fat and work towards EPOC, excess post-exercise oxygen consumption- which is a fancy way of saying how the body continues to burn calories more than 24 hours after your workout is done).

This is achieved through a HIIT workout done at least 3 days a week for 30 minutes per day. Make sure your doctor approves of you engaging in such a routine as you do want to begin based on your health parameters and making sure always you are cleared to engage in working out at a high intensity rate.

Take things one day at a time, however, put the work in and you will continue to transform into that greatest version of yourself!

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