The things we learned at the Ladies Night Out last night:
- Don’t “go on” a diet. The American Council on Exercise states: “Normally, only about 5% of dieters are successful in keeping weight off, and weight cycling is very common. Usually one-third of weight lost is regained within one year and almost all is regained within three to five years.” I don’t like it when people say they are going “on” a diet, because that means they will at some point go “off” it. Make healthy eating a part of your normal lifestyle. Read more of my thoughts on dieting here.
- Move More. Exercise can be such an intimidating thing, and often times we think negatively about doing it. However, God designed our bodies to move! Watching my little Noah who is 10 months, it is clear that his instincts are to move, play, and at times, relax. That is how we should be. Bottom line: God created our bodies so that they are more healthy the more they move.
- Have fun! We are much more likely to move more if we are enjoying ourselves while doing it. What do you love to do? How can you incorporate that love into a healthy lifestyle. Love to read? Read on a recumbant bike. Have a favorite tv show? Get moving during the commercials, or watch your show while you are on the treadmill. Like to shop? Walk at the mall. Like to be with friends? Exercise together–go to Zumba! Whatever form of exercise is your favorite is the best one for you.
- Don’t use God as an Excuse.
- When looking at what determines how long a person will live, a Danish study on twins shows that 25% is genetics and 75% is lifestyle and choice. Don’t use genetics as an excuse for why you are the way you are. Yes, God created us all unique and we should embrace our bodies and love what he created. However, that does not give us the excuse to fail to take care of his creation. More thoughts on this study here.
- Know your numbers, but don’t obsess over them. When looking at your weight, BMI, body fat %, etc., there are plenty of norms and averages out there that we should be aware of. They are not to be obsessed over. Women tend to obsess about how much they weigh and men tend to obsess about how much weight they can lift. However, these numbers are merely a guide–the ultimate goal should be things that you can’t measure with a tape measure or a scale, like having a longer quality life, being able to play with your kids without getting worn out, traveling when you are retired one day, and being able to have the energy to serve and love others.
|This is almost everyone from our Ladies Night Out…exercising is so much more fun when you are with friends!|