If you’re like me, getting out of bed early to exercise can be a total drag. You get up, go to work, come home and then the last thing my un-disciplined body wants to do is break a sweat. I’m not sure why I have this reaction to exercise or where it even started. A lot of people must love it because the parks are filled with so many people running around.
Growing up in West Virginian, exercise was not a priority and defiantly was not a part of my daily life. I didn’t have to walk and I avoided most walking trips like the plague. Because of this, my expanding waistline shows the neglect I’ve had on my body.
The idea of limiting food to only greens makes a tear well up in my food-loving eye. I wondered was there ever a way that I could exercise away my food intake? The answer was no until I moved to New York City.
After moving to the big apple, I was asked over and over about the culture shock of being in such a heavily populated place. But, the biggest shock I encountered had nothing to do with the people, but the heavy amount of walking I was doing. Leaving my humble 92′ Camry behind I was now in the arms of the public transit system. I would call home to tell everyone about the walking that I did, just getting to and from work. I’ve had various jobs in NYC; some with longer commutes than others, but never getting me from point A to point B without small beads of sweat forming on my nose.
My current commute includes walks to the train followed with the up and down of over 10 flights of steps both ways. This doesn’t include all of the walkings I do to get to the store, the movies or even a restaurant. My eating has improved greatly as well. I still find myself wanting to gorge on goodies every now and again, but all of my daily activity has defiantly decreased my overwhelming appetite. Without declaring myself on a diet and exercise plan I have managed to lose approximately 20 pounds in the two months that I’ve been here, which has inspired me to delve further into scheduled exercise and sturdier eating plan.
I’m not saying that moving to NYC is the best way to lose weight, but it certainly shows that just by taking the stairs and going for walks can help you shed those pounds almost painlessly!