Video Games for Exercise Catching On

News reports are coming in fast and furious about all the new video games that get people up and moving. I’ve talked about it here in The Slimming Pool often:

Video Game That Causes people to Lose Weight, January 2004 … When the game involves bodily movement, that’s how. Today I came across Tanya Jessen’s story and how she eventually lost 95 pounds playing DDR. …

Why Exercise Takes so Long to Show Results, February 2004 … I just started using our new DDR (Dance, Dance, Revolution) game and I love it…

Yourself!Fitness Fitness Comes to the Home Computer, Jan 2005 … You’ve heard of DDR (Dance, Dance, Revolution), and now there is Yourself!Fitness, developed by a Portland, Oregon company and now available for the PC

New Year New You, January 2004 (obviously I was quite smitten with this whole thing early last year!) … The game is called DDR, Dance, Dance, Revolution and it involves a vinyl platform on the floor in front of you with squares, X’s and Triangles

New additions include the Golf Launchpad, which looks like it would be most fun if you set up a projector like they do in the store. You swing, you want to glance up and see your shot, not have to rush over to your computer screen. I do think golfers will love this; being able to practice that shot while you’re supposedly working. There’s just nothing better! :

This entry is a bit odd: Kilowatt SPORT. The videos are not exciting, some are just talking heads, but this is probably one you’d need to experience in person. If nothing else playing while standing up and moving about a bit is certainly better than sitting in a chair. Anytime you get your muscles moving and the blood pumping, it’s a good thing.

All of these games and more to come are sure to help enormously with the obesity problem. Get yourself to a video arcade and check this stuff out! Also, if you think these games are expensive, consider the cost of a visit to the doctor or open heart surgery. That is expensive.

Yourself!Fitness – Fitness Comes to the Home Computer

You’ve heard of DDR (Dance, Dance, Revolution), and now there is Yourself!Fitness, developed by a Portland, Oregon company and now available for the PC (plus game consoles such as XBox and PlayStation). Here is a link to the XBox site’s review of Yourself!Fitness which is an excellent overview.

After checking it out, pop on over to the Yourself!Fitness forum and check in with people using the game.

Both excellent ways to get fit in the comfort of your own home. Your kids will love these too. You might just find yourself having to fight for time to use them actually

Groundbreaking news! Exercise, Diet Keep Weight Off!

Holy smokes, who’d a thought? Sheesh. I’ve mentioned before I’m a member of the National Weight Control Registry, a group of about 5,000 people who’ve lost on average 73 pounds and kept off more than 30 pounds for six years. The actual criteria to join the registry is having lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for one year. I lost 80 pounds over 17 years ago now, so I’m qualified. 😉

Recent findings suggest that it doesn’t matter what method you use to lose the weight, but keeping it off tends to be a combination of low fat and exercise. Suzanne Phelan, a Brown University Medical School psychologist who led the research stated that, “Only a minority of successful weight losers consume low-carbohydrate diets.”

Registry participants who reported being on low carb diets also reported eating more fat, which prompted Colette Heimowitz a spokeswoman for the Atkins diet organization to say, “the carbs aren’t low enough for them to be successful,” and that they should have replaced carbs with more protein rather than more fat.

Meanwhile the battle rages on. Use what works for you. If you love carbs, then low carb is likely not the best choice. Instead try high complex carbs such as whole grains and brown rice with plenty of steamed and raw vegetables and fruits for snacks. On the other hand if nothing makes you happier than a juice piece of steak, perhaps low carb is a good way for you to go. Each of us must find the right balance that works best for ourselves, rather than listening to the diet gurus “diet-o-the-week.”

Exercise for Weight Loss: How Long is This Going to Take?

As for exercising and not seeing a result let us all take a deep breath and then repeat after me: “It just takes time.” If a person has spent the last 20 years not exercising and not eating well, they cannot expect that two weeks on a treadmill will turn that around. It can take a long time for the effects of a sedentary lifestyle to be turned around, but if during that time consistent good habits are being employed, then good things are going on inside as well.

When I studied herbology it was considered that for every year you’d had a problem, then expecting one month of herb therapy was reasonable, or for every month, one week. So if one has had a weight problem for 10 years, then expecting anything less than a concentrated effort for 10 months is folly.

I think the best way to use EFT for weight loss issues is by using it on our day-to-day struggles, fears, doubts, and any anxiousness over “how long is this going to take.” I know when I decide to start adding healthier habits, I’m checking after an hour or two to see if I can tell a difference. We all want it right now.

My other problem is with weight alone – how much we weigh has nothing whatsoever to do with how we look. People get too fixated on the scale. If I let the scale bother me I’d be a basket case right now because I put on about 7 pounds since last Sept. At first I did the usual, “I’m not doing anything different. I’m eating the same. What’s going on?” routine, and then I realized the truth.

When I moved into a new house last September my exercise routine suddenly stopped entirely. I had been riding my bike 50 minutes six days a week, and doing weight training four days a week. My office was upstairs and I went up and down the stairs probably 20 times a day.

Now everything was turned upside down. My office is on the main level, so I’m no longer going up and down the stairs every day. I didn’t get back into the routine of riding my bike until just a few weeks ago (consistently), and I didn’t get started back to consistent weight training until a few weeks ago either. Yes, I’m eating about the same, but my energy needs had changed drastically. So, in nine months time I put on seven pounds (that included the holiday season). Normally I don’t gain weight over the holidays but this year I did because the added food plus decreased activity was all it took.

So, if I’d been fixated on the scale, I may have just thrown my hands up in despair over the weight gain! Oh, my God, this is horrible and now I feel awful so I’m going to eat something to make myself feel better. I’ll start a diet on Monday.” We’ve all been there. In my case even though some of my pants no longer are comfortable to wear, I just scratched my head, and thought it was strange, but went about my life. It didn’t make me “feel awful” it just was and I accepted it.

Now, I’m back into a steady routine of movement, and the weight is coming back off and now I’m satisfied with that progress. It may take a couple more months, it could take six, I don’t care – I know what I’m doing is what will make the difference, and if my weight suddenly changes despite the exercise and despite eating well, then I’ll look at the medications I’m taking, or my stress levels, or whatever else might be going on.

EFT for Weight Loss

Use EFT every single day on whatever is going on in your life, and it will become easier and easier to become healthier every day. It takes time to regain health – give yourself that time.

“Even though I wish I could lose this weight faster, I deeply and completely accept myself and I accept that it takes time.”

“Even though I don’t want to wait to see a result, I deeply and completely accept that I’m in a hurry and I want it now.”

Remember too that exercise doesn’t have to mean sports and it doesn’t have to mean horrible boring movements you do in front of the TV. It can mean baking bread (kneading dough is a wonderful exercise), hanging laundry out to dry (I know most people don’t think of that as fun, but hey, movement feels good), washing the car (again, yuck, I know, but wait – don’t you feel invigorated after you do “chores?” I know I do. Turn every chance to move into your “idea” of exercise. Holding that grocery sack out in front of you and lift it a few times as you walk toward the house. It’s all good.