As human beings, we’re biologically programmed to take the easy route. In essence, that means we load up on fats and sugars (calorie efficient foods) and being as lazy as we can get away with. But we don’t live in caves any more and in modern day terms, what this actually means in practise is a lower quality of life. In fact, in modern day terms, laziness is not a survival trait or evolutionary at all.
But how to integrate it simply?
I’ve been taking the bus to work and walking back home for some time now. But inspired by Leo Babauta’s fitness article on Zen Habits, I’m in the process of stealing a few things back.
For example, by making the time to walk briskly to work (about 30 minutes, estimated at 175 calories), I steal back a massive 24lb of fat over the next year (assuming I’m currently eating only enough to maintain my weight) and steal back about £480 in bus fares.
I don’t have to make time to go to the gym to do this. I don’t need to pay for a gym membership to get this benefit. I don’t need any special kit. I don’t need to spend more than an additional 10-15 minutes a day doing this. And it already fits into my routine.
This is what Leo Babauta means by the new rules of fitness.
I really recommend you read it.