If You Have One Hour Per Day To Spend on Losing Weight, How Should You Spend It?
June 17, 2015 22 Comments
I know it sounds a bit silly to have only one hour per day on something like losing weight but I want you to think about it for a minute.
- Work out at the gym
- Go for a walk
- Check out the local farmer’s market
- Cook a healthy meal
Life is full of trade offs. If I take the time for a Zumba class, I might have to microwave a burrito when I get home because I ran out of time to make dinner. Unfortunately, if you want to lose weight, the Zumba class isn’t as important as fixing yourself a healthy meal.
For example, taking a walk for an hour will burn about 300 calories. Or you could simply not eat a donut. Which is easier? For me - not eating the donut is far easier than finding the time to walk for an hour.
Also, after you exercise, have you ever noticed that you get hungry? I am far hungrier if I go the gym than if I don’t. In September, I had an injury and I had to rest to recover and I dropped a few pounds. How annoying is that?
Scientific studies have shown that there are huge benefits to exercise (such as curing depression) but weight loss isn’t one of them.
From the New York Times:
Far too many people ... can manage to find an hour or more in their day to drive to the gym, exercise and then clean up afterward — but complain that there’s just no time to cook or prepare a healthful, home-cooked meal.
I hope that for you, it isn’t a choice whether you have time for making a meal or working out. But, many of us spend our days running around, making our kids lunches, driving them to soccer practice, answering e-mails from our phones, baking the cupcakes for the school party, running to be on time to a meeting, cleaning up dog vomit, creating the spreadsheet, answering the client's phone call..............(fill in the blank with what you did today)
We don’t look at the minutes of the day and say, “What is the best way to spend them to drop this weight?” But, we do tend to overestimate the benefits of exercise for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
The upside here is that if you didn’t make it to the gym but managed to make yourself a lovely, healthy meal – you did alright.
My advice is to make healthy cooking a habit that is incorporated into every day without thinking about it - then you can add the Zumba class.
How do you prioritize your time around getting healthy?
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