I’m no Jillian…

This is for the average person (not the elite athlete or the biggest loser contestant).

When I tell people I work in fitness, often times people will feel guilty and tell me their excuses why they haven’t been to the gym.  Last night when I went out for dessert with friends, one girl was checking to see what the “healthiest” dessert was and if I was getting it.  I will be the first to say that I am no Jillian Michaels.  I don’t yell and scream and have people workout 6 hours a day.  Sure, I am all about an intense workout at the gym and support those who are training for marathons or trying to get to a healthy weight, but first and foremost I want to encourage  healthy, achievable daily habits.  Most people don’t have hours to spend exercising and that is ok.  Back before gyms were popular, people were leaner.  There may be several reasons to explain this phenomenon, but I believe that it is because people moved more throughout the day (as opposed to just a short 30 minute session to check exercise off the list).  People walked and biked to work, cleaned without machines to do it for them, and played outside.  I can’t believe I am doing this, but I am actually going to quote my mom as she said last night, “If I am going to break a sweat, I like to feel productive…like cleaning the windows.”  My mom doesn’t “exercise” like the rest of the family, but somehow she is the thinnest one of us all.  She doesn’t sit still.  God created our bodies to move, therefore when they are moving they are naturally healthier.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying to give up your gym membership or throw out your P90X, but there are ways to be more active without having a formal workout session with your trainer.  Here are a few ideas.
Going for a walk: one of the best forms of exercise.

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