Ex­er­cise is a handy boost

Eat­ing well is just half the key

Rutherglen Reformer - - Health Matters - Fiona Pe­di­ani

Eat­ing healthily and be­ing more ac­tive go hand in hand when em­bark­ing on a weight loss jour­ney.

Yes, you can lose weight with­out mov­ing more than you nor­mally do, but it makes life a lot eas­ier if you change both your eat­ing and your ac­tiv­ity lev­els at the same time.

At Weight Watch­ers we en­cour­age our mem­bers to ei­ther take up an ac­tiv­ity they will en­joy or just move more in their daily life and make it part of their rou­tine

Hav­ing some sup­port whether it’s with your eat­ing or with your ac­tiv­ity rou­tine can be cru­cial to whether you will suc­ceed or not. Our Weight Watch­ers mem­bers get great group sup­port in our meet­ings and also the on­go­ing sup­port of their leader.

I like to give my mem­bers a chal­lenge! This week I’m start­ing an ac­tiv­ity chal­lenge where my mem­bers will track the steps and miles they are walk­ing over a week. I will add up the to­tal miles and see where we could have walked to. This can be done with a pe­dome­ter, an ac­tiv­ity de­vice like a Fit­bit, or an app on a smart phone such as Map My Walk.

So how are we go­ing to in­crease our steps? Leave the car at home, take the car and park fur­ther from your des­ti­na­tion, take the stairs and not the lift, go for a walk on your lunch break, get some friends to­gether and go for a walk in the evening or at the week­end, bor­row a dog, go to the gym.

There are end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties which can be fit into a busy lifestyle and be made part of an en­joy­able rou­tine. Step­ping up our ac­tiv­ity will burn calo­ries which in turn aids weight loss.

Could we get to Black­pool from Glas­gow which is 149 miles or to Lon­don from Glas­gow which is 692 miles? I will be re­port­ing back the re­sults in my col­umn next month.

Find your lo­cal Weight Watch­ers meet­ing at weight­watch­er­slo­cal.co.uk.

Good ad­vice

Fiona Pe­di­ani, from King’s Park. (Inset) a Fit­bit.

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