By choosing to do exercises that make you happy, you are more likely to be consistent with it, turn it into a habit, and make it part of your lifestyle. When this happens, you are burning more calories than before and this contributes to weight loss. When I survey my clients and ask what helped them stick with my programs, fun is always among the top three reasons. The two other big reasons are that I keep them motivated with my positive and high energy personality and they are building confidence through fitness gains and progression towards personal goals.
I teach through my own experiences. I’m a cyclist and riding my bike is my favourite exercise. It’s fun, it’s my lifestyle, and it’s packed with health benefits that I value. I build confidence as I progress in the sport. I’m motivated to do it on my own. I want to do it daily. I can’t imagine my life without it. I feel fantastic. I am maintaining my ideal weight because I do it consistently year-round. WINNING!
“Oh, but you’re different from the rest of us. You’re a fitness coach. It’s what you do for a living.”
First of all, I instruct and coach but that doesn’t mean I do all the exercises I teach all the time. If you’ve ever worked with me, you will see I manage my energies. If I didn’t, I would burn out.
Secondly, being a fitness coach doesn’t automatically make me immune to weight gain. I had my own struggles with body image and maintaining a consistent weight most of my life. I used to be a yo-yo dieting binge eating machine.
I had many issues but I found solutions and they certainly weren’t in what the weight loss industry was preaching to me. Nope! I had to start thinking outside the box, use my brain, and challenge the fads and trends. I made it my own.
I took a greater interest in self-study, especially in university, and searched out the real experts for answers I could trust. Bye-bye celebratory fitness trainers with their weight loss scams and misinformation, hello scientists and researchers with Ph. Ds. Now I follow them instead. Dr. Stuart McGill
and Dr. Stuart Philips
are two experts that I rely on for credible information. (If you want my complete list of experts to follow, send me an email
In doing this, my attitude towards exercise, weight loss, and living an active lifestyle evolved. It became more about finding my very own thing, developing my unique system (that I can’t sell to anyone as it only works for me but I can help you build your own) and doing what I love. I also had to let go of performance expectations placed on me by peer pressure and social media. My performance goals are now set by me and only me.
WHEN YOU HATE EXERCISE
I know many people who feel they have to force themselves to do exercise. They hate it but do it because they think it’s going to make them lose weight better, and you know what I see in them?
This “no-fun” stuff:
- negative attitude towards exercise
- falling off the wagon repeatedly
- pressured to perform at a certain level
- fear of judgement
- fear of failure
- when they fail, they sabotage their other healthy habits
- often skip their workouts
- running circles, never progressing
- confused, lost, frustrated
People seem to think that this is the way it needs to be to make a difference. No wonder they think weight loss is hard and feel overwhelmed just thinking about it.
I’m telling you though, this is not necessary. In fact, losing weight can be super fun. This is a mindset. You have to first change your language and ideas towards weight loss and get in a positive headspace, then it will become fun. One of the most enjoyable ways to start the journey is to first find exercises that YOU love to do. Anything goes.
HOW TO FIND EXERCISE YOU ENJOY
Allow yourself the time to explore movement with no pressure to find something right away. Give it some time. Drop into a fitness class. Explore fitness channels on YouTube, like my channel – Tammy Lee TV
. Ask your friends questions about what they love and get them to show you what it’s about. Join a community club or hire a coach to help you out. The ideas are endless.
Whatever happened to walking as a way to lose weight? This highly underestimated exercise is what our bodies are designed to do. It’s packed with benefits. Download this FREE pdf by EverybodyWalk.org
and read up on how it can help you. Start your own walking group with some of your friends. People would definitely join you and be so grateful for your leadership. Maybe this is your jam right here?
You know the saying, “You will find what you seek.” If you want to find the fun in fitness, you WILL. Just like you find the car you want to buy, the clothes you want to wear, the place you want to travel to, and so on. Right?
So many people with no previous experience whatsoever have come to me to learn how to run, ride a bike, do a triathlon, and lift weights. For most of them, reaching out and trying something new has changed their life, forever! They found their “happy thing”, and the best part is most of them are STILL at it. It’s wonderful! This is what it’s all about.
YOUR FAVOURITE EXERCISE HAS BENEFITS
You’re still asking how can exercise that you love to do help you lose weight?
As I said, when you love something, you are more likely to keep doing it. Your favourite way to exercise becomes part of your lifestyle and because the exercise remains consistent, you gain the following benefits:
- increase your basal metabolic rate
- increase cardio and muscular endurance
- increase cardio and muscular strength
- build muscle and bone
- slow the ageing process
- increase mobility, balance, and agility
- metabolize food more efficiently
- increase the quality of sleep
- reduce stress
- increase self-esteem
- build confidence
- adopt a positive attitude
- feel more happy and satisfied
- the list goes on, and on…
…AND burn more calories overall, not just from your exercise session, but even when not exercising due to the additional benefits listed above.
You can’t truly gain these benefits from exercise that you hate and do sporadically. In order to reap these benefits, exercise has to be a regular thing. Otherwise, you will have to deal with the Principle of Reversibility
. In a nutshell, this means that when you stop exercising, you begin to lose the benefits you accumulated from regular exercise. “Yo-yo exercising” produces very little benefits, if any. A base level of fitness is never established to cause any substaintial changes in the body.
Many people don’t even make it that far because they hate the exercises that they are doing and are not committed to doing it often enough to actually build up a base level of fitness.
CONSISTENCY OVER INTENSITY
Also, there’s the misconception that if an exercise isn’t done at a certain intensity level that it will not give you weight loss benefits. This is NOT entirely true.
1. If you are living a sedentary lifestyle then ANY exercise, even at low intensity, can contribute to weight loss IF you remain consistent. This will obviously increase your weekly calorie expenditure.
2. If you already exercising but still do it sporadically, then simply making it more of a habit will contribute to weight loss because you increase weekly caloric expenditure through increased exercise frequency, even at the same intensity.
3. You exercise consistently and established it as a habit but sill not losing weight? Now might be time to increase your duration, add some variety, or explore higher intensities. Or maybe you need to take another look at your eating habits.
I won’t lie, I used to tell my clients that if you want to change the number on the scales that you have to work hard, feel the burn, push your limits. But I got smarter and stopped automatically repeating what I was hearing in the mainstream media. With over 20 years of experience working in this industry, I clearly see that those who succeed are the ones who fall in love with fitness and make it a part of their life on a consistent basis. Not once a week, not even twice…but daily (with the odd day off, it’s okay to take a rest day).
The takeaway message here is this – you are more likely to sustain any healthy habit and reap its benefits if you enjoy doing it and it makes you feel HAPPY!
Do you agree? Or no? Feel free to post your comments below. If you have a story of your own, share it. I can’t wait to read it.