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WW Question: Am I Moving Enough?

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope your year is off to a great start so far and that you’re all staying safe amid this pandemic. As we talked about on Monday, the New Year is when people often start or recommit to an exercise program.

It’s important for us to remember, though, that if we’ve been sedentary, it’s not a good idea to jump in with both feet and increase our activity too much too quickly.

As I’ve mentioned before, when I worked in the fitness clubs I saw this all too often. The club would be packed in January – we really had to be flexible when training our clients because so often, we couldn’t even get to some of the equipment or weights we needed due to the number of people there. By March, though….. crickets.

There are several reasons for that: motivation wanes, injuries occur from trying to do too much, too fast, or people find it’s just too hard to continue at the level they first started at, so they give up. And of course, there’s always the ‘results’ component – if people don’t see results right away, they become discouraged and quit.

Getting more exercise doesn’t mean we have to be killing ourselves at the gym. It can simply mean finding ways to move more throughout the day. Once we start moving more, we can build onto that and start adding in some traditional exercise a little bit at a time.

With that in mind, let’s take stock of where we are with our movement and how we can increase it.

This week, let’s ask ourselves:

Teal background with white conversation bubble that reads: Do I currently move enough during the day? If not, what are some things I could do to increase my movement? Which one of these things can I commit to today?

Starting small and building on is what allows us to be successful long-term. Here at Reclaiming HOPE, we’re all about building our wellness throughout the rest of our lives. That means finding things that work for our individual circumstances and that we can sustain over many years to come. That’s what’s going to help us make the most of the rest of our lives.

Do you enjoy exercise, or is it something you only do because you know it’s good for you? What do you find most helpful in moving more? Please share!

Blessings,

~Terri

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23 comments

    1. Ha ha…. It sure would be helpful if I actually could read minds…. Be careful out in the snow and ice. We might get a little snow on Friday. My Hubby sure is hopeful. Sending hugs your way!

  1. I enjoy exercise and the way I feel when I’m finished. I will gravitate to those activities I enjoy. Right now I’m having fun with jumping rope and kickboxing.

    1. I’m glad you enjoy exercise Sarah. I don’t always enjoy it, but like you, I enjoy the way it makes me feel when I’m done. Kickboxing sounds fun! I was never very good at jumping rope; I’m rather uncoordinated.😁 I hope your year is off to a great start sweet friend! Hugs!

    1. Thanks for sharing Wendi! The older I get, the more I appreciate the importance of staying mobile. Once we slow down or stop moving, it’s hard to get back to it. I think part of that is because people think they have to do something ‘big’ and feel overwhelmed by the thought of it. That’s why I encourage folks to start small (tiny even, if that’s where they are). I hope you’re doing well and staying safe sweet friend. Blessings to you!

      1. 🙂 this is soooo important Terri. I use to beg my grandma to walk to the mailbox to just get her moving a litttle……..she didn’t think that was enough so instead did nothing. Like you wrote, a little is way better than nothing!

      2. Thanks so much for sharing Wendi! I think people just don’t realize that doing something – anything – is better than nothing. Hope you and your family are staying safe and well sweet friend. Blessings to you!

  2. I love how you post thought provoking topics concerning our lifestyle. With each passing year and as I grow older, I’m glad that I’ve still kept my daily exercise routine of using free weights mixed in with some cardio. But with old age comes some joint pains in my back and knees…it has been a bit difficult to maintain the level that I’d like. The good thing about it is that it forced me to be creative and has made my exercise routine more varied and interesting.

    1. Thanks so much Mark! I’m glad you find these WW questions helpful. This is kind of how we health coaches work with clients – helping them explore where they want to be with their health and the best way for them to get there. It’s such a personal journey for each of us. I’m glad you’ve been able to keep up your exercise routine over the years. Isn’t it wonderful that there are so many modifications we can make in order to keep moving? I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe dear friend. Blessings to you!

  3. This is how I see exercise now, more as just movements rather than big, typically exercises. I used to run a little, I used to do home workout DVDs, I used to do a lot that I can’t do anymore. Now any movement is good, just to keep mobile. Breaking it down into the small, manageable steps is so helpful. This post is actually spot on for my dad, who absolutely needs to move more. With the pandemic he’s now practically glued to a chair watching the TV or reading books, and it’s such a worry with his high blood pressure. I actually bought my parents a second hand (thoroughly anti-bacterial cleaned!) Nintendo Wii for Christmas to help them move just a little more. Fab post as always, Terri. xx

    1. Thanks so much Caz! I love that you got a Wii for your parents. I hope it will help them move more and have fun doing it. My Mom got one for Christmas several years ago, and she used to enjoy it. I’m not sure if she’s used it lately though. You know how that goes…. I’m glad that you’re able to find ways to keep moving that don’t make you feel worse. So many people just give up on it completely because they feel they can’t do ‘enough’ but as you said, “any movement is good, just to keep mobile.” Stay safe sweet friend! Sending hugs!

  4. One of the biggest problems that I have observed is that people overestimate their abilities when they first start. They overdo it and that causes them alot of pain, then they quit. It’s called training for a reason. Be humble and realistic, you’ll get there, eventually. Be patient with yourself.

  5. When you look for it… there are many free online structured video workouts that work for any fitness level. If not a work out video, then just a walk around the neighborhood or using your stairs. Exercising regularly just helps you feel better. Great article. Thank you!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing! For many of us, exercising regularly does make us feel better, but that’s not always true for some of us who live with chronic illnesses such as ME/CFS. For many, just increasing Activities of Daily Living can be a way to get more movement in without experiencing the Post-Exertional Malaise that is common with some chronic conditions. You make such a great point about there being so many video workouts. Isn’t it wonderful that we can find so many great workouts without even leaving home? Blessings to you!

    1. Thanks so much Mark! Periodization is such an important concept when we’re trying to improve fitness levels. It’s the best way to both make changes steadily and be able to make them permanent lifestyle changes. Blessings to you!

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