The recent question being answered on CNN, Facebook, and other social media sites is, “How do we get Americans to lose weight?”  As you know, I write simple answers that provide directions to accomplish the given task.  Is there more than one answer to this question?  Yes.  Do you need to do all of them?  No.  I will provide two answers for you here, and you can know that time spent between these two will be more productive in spending your precious hours than any other direction you may choose.  Follow the signs.

1.  Labor

I chose to use the word labor rather than work because we already work a lot.  The problem is, we are not physically laboring for most of it.  Yes I know, you feel tired.  And that tired feeling comes from many other reasons besides physical exertions.  Moreover, the tired feeling we get from physically exerting energy a long with the cognitive connection is much more productive all around and elicits a caloric demand that we just don’t get anymore in our normal daily living.  Instead of a workout, call it a laborout.  You need to feel that you challenged your body to produce a certain level of output away from what feels ‘normal’.  You don’t have to do it everyday, but seek to do it three times a week for at least 30 minutes.

 

2.  Play

Most of us don’t take the time to simply play.  I define play as physical exertion with no intention other than the simple act of being in the moment.  When we were kids, all we wanted to do was play with our friends.  We moved our bodies, invented new games, and built memorable experiences with one another we will never forget.  Take the time to get in 30 minutes of play 2 -3 times a week.  It can be with your kids, your nieces and nephews, your husband or wife, or simply with your most important person, you.   Invent a new way to play an old game.  Play some old games.  Reinvent you and how you feel.

Like I said, there are more than these two answers to the powerful question of how we get American’s to lose weight.  I promise you that spending the time doing these two above will bring you the sanity we all need to continue to embrace another tomorrow.

A Sanity approach,

Daniel Sanidad/Coach Sanity