Marina Lohonya

English Teacher (ESL),

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Do you train your body as much as your brain?

I'm really passionate about my job, but it's mostly a sedentary work and I can't make myself MOVE! What is the best way to go in for sport if you're lazy in terms of physical exercises? How to find the best motivation?

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    May 27 2013: Walking whenever possible within the day whatever can be the distance each time.
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    May 27 2013: I think Salim’s advice is a great place to start… I try to park far from building entrances so I have to walk longer, and I take the stairs instead of the lift. I have struggled with my weight and motivation. Here’s what helped me… Try different things until you find something that you genuinely like to do; then the motivation will happen naturally. If you can, also try working out with a personal trainer. A good trainer can really help you stay motivated and achieve your goals.
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    May 26 2013: Cycling is a great, non-polluting way of getting to work and back. Good exercise too.
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    May 26 2013: You have to find something that you enjoy. Move for the sake of moving not for the sake of losing pounds!
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    May 27 2013: Hi Marina, and welcome to TED:>)

    All systems of the body/mind are connected, so when we improve one, we improve the other at the same time.

    Lots of good advice already on this thread....walk or bike instead of using a vehicle when possible, take stairs, rather then elevators when possible, participate in sport activities if the spirit moves you, go to the gym if that feels "right" for you, have regular dates with people to work out with, or play sports with, do yoga, or other body/mind practices.

    Listen to the body, and follow through with logical, reasonable, attainable practices which may keep the body and mind healthy:>)
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    May 27 2013: I like to dance, Marina, and particularly belly dance. I have learned that a person can belly dance even while they are lying in bed, or sitting in a chair, in fact you can dance with your whole body while you are lying in bed or sitting in a chair. To me belly dancing, rolling your stomach and hips, feels good.
  • May 26 2013: I think that you should try to find some time to exercise your body. Doing exercise is not easy as you have to be patient and constant. And I know how you feel because I was overweight a few years ago. So at some point I decided to do some exercise by myself because none of my friends liked the idea of getting up very early and start running around a park like a crazy man!!! My family played an important role during my training because they encouraged me to not give up. After 6 months or so I managed to lose about 15 kg!!! Now I feel very happy about that.
    I hope my story can help you a little bit about how important our physical appereance is! If you can't do much exericse because of your job schedule, then you should try to do little things such us going to work by bike or even walking around your city when you have some free time. Remember it's up to you if you want to change your life. Small things can be the differene between a good or a bad life. I wish you the best of luck .
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    May 26 2013: Thanks a lot! Your answer really encouraged me!