So, what happened to your New Year resolution?
Most of us are full of good intentions and really intend to take up some activity as we promised in our new year’s resolution, but just didn’t get around to it, still its not to late to do something great for yourself.
We all joined that expensive gym in January following a great sounding new year’s resolution only to decide by Easter (if we made it that far) that we really didn’t have the time or interest.
The trick to changing the amount of activity you take is finding something that’s right for you, fits in with your life and can be picked up and put down as other things must take precedence, which let’s face it in todays busy world often happens.
So, why bother with increasing my activity?
We have all heard the big messages around getting fitter, such as reduction in major illness such as Diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke, which are obviously important, but for most people seem a long way off.
However, we have all experienced the problem of taking off our winter clothing layers come Summer only to look in the mirror and think “what happened”.
So, just what did happen?
Remember back to your younger years, you came home from school starving, and needing something to eat and then a few hours later you'd be at the dining table eating a large tea, all the while remaining the same size.
As we get older our metabolism begins to slow down. When in our teens and 20’s we could have pizzas and burgers and not have to worry about gaining weight that now seems like a distant memory.
You will have heard of your Metabolic rate and your BMR (Basal metabolic rate) your BMR accounts for 50 – 70 % of your overall metabolic rate and is the energy your body uses to keep you alive, this energy comes from what you eat and drink. The other part of your metabolic rate is concerned with your activity, so the amount of energy you use to complete tasks during the day, be that the housework, your job, any exercise you take.
It is thought that your BMR decreases at one to two percent per decade after you reach the age of 20 and up to 10 percent per decade after the age of 45.
When we are young we tend to move about more and we have less fat mass, we are also growing and developing and that takes a lot of energy, obviously by the time we hit our 20’s we tend to have slowed down considerably from an exercise point of view as well as a growth viewpoint. Also, muscle cells require more energy than fat cells and as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain fat.
What can I do about it?
If you can increase your activity, then your body composition will change increasing the amount of muscle you have as opposed to the amount of fat. Besides helping you burn more calories at all times of the day, you will also feel more toned. However rather than insisting we all go out and start training for the marathon which is great if that appeals, for most of us however we each need to look at where we can make small changes that will add up over time. Take the stairs, get off the bus a stop early, walk the dog 100 meters extra every night, don’t get into the car for short journeys enjoy the walk. They will all add up
How can we help?
You are all motivated at the beginning – think back to that gym membership but as time goes on it gets harder to keep at it, there is always something else you can find to do.
Have you thought about a pedometer? It keeps a check on your steps and lets you see at a glance how you are doing that day. It can really inspire you to keep at it, especially if your friends get one too, you spur each other on.
Body composition is harder to see as the change from fat to muscle is gradual so although you think you might be more toned having a set of scales that actually tells you is really motivating.
Medishop stocks a wide range of things like Fitbits which don’t just measure steps but look super stylish to, making you want to wear it each day. If you want to take it further, then Garmin do a range of watches to help monitor your running and other forms of exercise.
There are weight scales which not only tell you your weight but also you body fat % which again can help keep you motivated.
Why not browse the range at www.3fivetwomedishop.com
A year from today you will wish you had started today!
Posted on 23 Jul 2018