Over the past few months I've developed a preference for natural food (this was clearer than ever with the way I felt after eating holiday fare). I find I select healthy choices without thinking. But I want to lose weight (body fat) and I know exercise helps greatly with this. Diet is only one half of the picture, exercise is the other.
But exercise (or should I say, my view on exercise) is an aspect of PB I'm having trouble with.
Exercise is something we were all designed to do, but ever since I was little I've found it intimidating, exhaustive and unpleasant. Also, when I do it with the intention of losing weight I start to resent it because it feels like a chore.
Basically, my view on it is - it's a chore, you've got to feel whooped every time you do it, and light feel-good exercise isn't good enough.
I dislike structure and fitness jargon. I don't like the words "working out". However, I enjoy long walks, grocery shopping (if you're a shopoholic I believe it's a form of weight training!) a little running at the park and playing in the playground (you're never too old). I also do yoga and stretches early in the morning or at night. I'm content with doing this daily, but I'm not sure if it's effective for weight loss.
I recently got a new job where I'm sitting down for most of the day. I feel like I now have the metabolism of a turtle, despite my healthy eating habits. Since I leave very early and get home rather late, all I really have time for (on weekdays) is the yoga.
I guess my question is, how do you view exercise in a way that will help you maintain it for life (hence the title of this thread)? And is hardcore exercise necessary or sustainable for weight loss?