We’re all familiar with it. The new year brings high hopes that “This will be the year! This is the year I will stick with exercise and lose weight, look my best, improve my health, (fill in the blank).” Yet we are also familiar with the dreary statistic that most people fail at this—around 80% of us, to be exact. So if high motivation is not the key to achieving our exercise goals, what is? Well, it just so happens that researchers have asked the same question and have spent a great deal of study trying to answer this question. They’ve found a number of methods that help—having workout buddies, exercising in the morning, making exercise convenient, and having a plan B, just to name a few. But there is one thing that may stand out above the rest. The single most important strategy for sticking with exercise is… Enjoy what you’re doing. It sounds simple enough, but let’s elaborate a bit, especially for those who say they hate exercise. Most of us know that exercise has a huge number of benefits. In fact, exercise is often called “the best medicine,” or the closest thing we know to being a “magic pill” or “fountain of youth.” But knowing all of those things doesn’t necessarily make it work for us. So let’s focus on experiencing how exercise makes you feel. When someone consistently does exercise they enjoy at the appropriate intensity, they usually find that they experience the following benefits very quickly: Better sleep More energy Better stress relief Better moods Who doesn’t want those benefits, right? So once you’ve...
Scale Back Alabama (SBA) is a free statewide weight-loss campaign designed to encourage Alabamians to get healthy and to have fun while doing it. Since the first challenge in 2007, Alabamians have lost more than one million pounds!
Scale Back Alabama is designed to address the state’s challenge with obesity; however, we caution individuals to check with their health care provider before beginning a new exercise or diet regimen.