Incidental Activity during Medical Weight Loss
During your medical weight loss program, Dr. Scinta and the medical weight loss team will help you to determine an effective exercise routine to incorporate into your new lifestyle. Beginning a new exercise routine can be challenging, and staying dedicated to it may not come easily right away. But, keep in mind, that during medical weight loss, there are other methods of incorporating exercise into your routine. One way to do this is through incidental activity.
Incidental activities are physical activities built up in small amounts over the course of a day. Incidental activities are often activities that are undertaken as part of carrying out a normal day. Incidental activities can be helpful during medical weight loss because they get your heart rate up and keep you active even if you don’t have time to go to the gym.
What are Incidental Activities?
Some examples of opportunities for incidental activities include:
- Taking the extra step. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
- Cycle, don’t drive. Ride your bike instead of driving to work, school or to run errands.
- Going the extra mile. Next time you head to the grocery store or mall, park further away from your destination so that you walk farther to get there.
- Getting green. Gardening or mowing the lawn can be a great form of exercise that will leave you feeling accomplished.
- Staying off the couch. If you’re on the phone or watching television, try getting up and moving around during these activities. Take the time during a commercial break to get your heart rate up.
- Keeping it clean. Doing housework will keep you moving around your home, and keep your environment clean and tidy.
You may already be doing some of these things in your day-to-day routine without even noticing. As you continue with your fitness plan and begin incorporating more incidental activities, try upping the intensity when you can. Increase the speed of your dusting or vacuuming, stand up and sit down three times every time you need to get up from your chair, or if you have a dog, walk an extra block or two the next time you take her out.
Implementing Incidental Activities for Weight Loss
During your medical weight loss, incidental activity can be very beneficial, especially if you are accustomed to a relatively sedentary lifestyle since it is a low intensity form of activity. However, you won’t want to rely solely on incidental activity for exercise. Be sure to talk to your weight loss doctor about what sorts of exercises routines might be appropriate for you. To optimize your weight loss and reach your wellness goals, physical activity is crucial—be active in as many ways as you can. Also, during your weight loss journey think of movement and exercise as an opportunity to improve, not an inconvenience.