It has been interesting over the past two months or so. I have started to lose weight. Now, I am not trying to lose weight but it just seams to be happening. I have a new lifestyle and I am happy and one of the benefits of this is that weight loss is happening.
I have always felt overweight but never unhealthy. I have always been more fit than a large portion of the people around me and I have nearly always gotten my 150 minutes of exercise in a week. Often much more than that. I am conscious of what I eat and I eat for my body to feel good. I have always called this conscious eating if you are not familiar with this phrase of mine. So the fact that a few small changes happened for me all at once has meant that I am losing weight has actually surprised me.
So what have I done? Well first of all. I don’t have a car anymore and boy am I so glad about this. Driving has never been a thing I enjoyed doing but rather a necessity of my life situation. Because of no longer having a car I am more reliant on public transportation and I am lucky to live in an area where this is easy to do and affordable. So I walk to work and I walk to a metro station and get to where I need to go.
It means then that I have to carry more with me and this added weight of groceries or clothes for a weekend trip had meant that I have more resistance when walking. Of course escalators don’t always work so more stairs with carrying heavy bags. Only for a short time was this slightly uncomfortable for me and now I practically run up the four flights at one transfer with my heavy backpack filled with vegetables and dance shoes.
But it isn’t just this. Working in a new environment it immediately surprised me how infrequently my coworkers would take the stairs. And really they don’t at all. There is an elevator for safety in the building but we work on the third floor. Maybe I take the elevator twice a week of the 15-20 times I go upstairs and that is when I have something heavy or am talking to someone else. It is only two flights of stairs. I can walk that. So can they yet they complain that they are gaining weight and they do not walk up the stairs.
I have always been a proponent that walking is all the exercise you need to maintain your health and yes the amount I had been doing was maintaining my health. Now I am improving my health and it is making me happier at the same time with the additional endorphin release. Taking the stairs and using public transportation is benefiting my physical health more than I expected and I also feel like I am supporting the environment more as well by not having a car anymore. Maybe you should consider seeking alternatives yourself and see what the benefits could be to you.
Jillian Carnrick, founder and manager of The Dancing Herbalist, has a Masters of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine, practices as a nutritionist, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Is Medicine Professional through the American College of Sports Medicine. The Dancing Herbalist posts on this blog every Thursday. For more of our posts, join us on Patreon. Jillian also presents regular live classes in The Dancing Herbalist’s home herbalist courses online. For more learning opportunities or to work one-on-one with Jillian with her wellness and herbal consultationsvisit The Dancing Herbalist.com.