Exercise

I've been such a slacker but I started today with an exercise routine, not much but it's a start.

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  • KL1887
    KL1887 Posts: 68 Member
    Some is better than none. I don’t exercise at all now and I wish I did
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 25,196 Member
    Actually, starting with something manageable (but a small challenge) is perfect, IMO.

    It's IMO the best way to build fitness (as long as one progresses the duration, intensity, frequency or type of exercise over time to keep that manageable challenge in the picture as fitness improves).

    It's also good from a health and weight loss perspective. For health, exercise is a "good stress", but overdoing can shift the balance toward putting too much physical stress in one's life, especially when a calorie deficit (another physical stressor) is happening. All-source stress is cumulative, so managing total cumulative physical and psychological stress is a good plan.

    On the weight management front, I'm not a big fan of creating a calorie deficit via exercise (YMMV), but regardless of how one thinks of that, doing too much exercise too soon is exhausting, and can reduce the calorie burn from daily life activity: Counterproductive. What I mean is that working out to exhaustion causes fatigue, and fatigue makes us rest more, perhaps in subtle ways: Less spontaneous movement (like fidgeting), maybe deferring high-effort home chores, finding active non-exercise hobbies (gardening, playing a musical instrument, window shopping, etc.) less enjoyable so doing them less, and that sort of thing. The net calorie burn, once fatigue impact is figured in, might be less than anticipated.

    On top of all of that, enjoyable exercise tends to become a habit, while miserably difficult punitive-feeling exercise tends to drop out of rotation at the slightest excuse.

    I think you're doing great!
  • Djproulx
    Djproulx Posts: 2,808 Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    On top of all of that, eEnjoyable exercise tends to become a habit, while miserably difficult punitive-feeling exercise tends to drop out of rotation at the slightest excuse.

    It really all boils down to this idea. The "Big Bang" Theory when starting exercise NEVER works over the long term. IMO, simply developing an exercise habit is the best approach. Once it becomes a habit, you're on your way.



  • JBanx256
    JBanx256 Posts: 1,244 Member
    Awesome, at least you've gotten started! That's more than a lot of people ever do!
  • rosebarnalice
    rosebarnalice Posts: 3,493 Member
    Good for you!