I spoke to one of my green smoothie gals a while back. Her name is Nancy and she has had a problem losing weight after giving birth to her second child.
Are you lost and don’t know where to start?
Look at it like this. Being active everyday as a part of a healthy lifestyle is more important than working out for 1 hour 3 times a week. It’s a marathon and not a 100m sprint.
What do you mean? I mean what I say! Ha!
Ok, so let’s break it down.
I spoke to one of my green smoothie gals a while back. Her name is Nancy and she has had a problem losing weight after giving birth to her second child. I asked her what she does for a living, and she works in a bank in town, takes the bus there every day. I asked her how far the bus stop were, and she said it’s a 15 minute walk, but she usually takes the car there and parks in a public parking lot.
A 15 minute walk? Yes!
So I told her that we should do a little math on the 15 minute walk. On a 15 minute walk she should be able to burn about 100-140 calories depending on what she carries with her. This is twice a day, which ends up at 200-280 calories. Let’s even it out to 200 calories to be on the safe side.
200 calories 5 times a week for 45 weeks per year. That gives us, 1000 calories a week and 45 000 calories a year. 1 kg of fat is energy-wise somewhere around 7000 calories.
45 000 divided by 7 000 is 6,4 kgs.
So I told her that if she didn’t change anything else, if she could stay constant in her life (which of course is a hard thing for us humans to do), and start walking to the bus she would theoretically lose 6,4 kgs in a year.
Without doing any other exercise! She gasped for air!
Then I asked her if she could think of any other 15 minute walks she could take?
She came up with, to the park, to the nearby grocery store, at lunch when the weather is nice and so on. So she could easily lose 10kgs a year just by making it her default to walk if the location is in a 15 minute walk radius.
No training, no change in diet, no crazy stuff!
Of course she never thought about it like that, and most people don’t. But it is a good tip to look into where you can get your default changed into walking.
So I checked in with Nancy about 2 months later and she now often steps off the bus 1 station earlier on her way home to get a full 30 minute walk in which makes her feel energised and decompressed after work. And she lost weight already, 3kgs. By making 1 healthy change into her default she automatically started to look into other areas of her life where she could do the same.
That’s fantastic don’t you think?
Let me know where you can go in 15 minutes!
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