In the alphabet of health, K is for Kicking for more than one reason.
Yes, kicking is great exercise. Kickboxing will cause you to burn zillions of calories, and help you release lots and lots of stress. There is just something about hitting a heavy bag with gloved hands or a strong foot. If you have never tried it, do it! You might just love it!
But kicking is also for kicking bad habits. Because no matter how hard you work out, if your eating habits are deadly, you will probably get frustrated because you won’t reap the benefits you expected to reap from your sweat. And if you eat well but spend every moment of your day with your butt on a chair, your strength is not going to improve… Studies have shown that sitting for 8 hours a day increases your chances of death by 11 % and the percentage goes up from there. Sitting just isn’t pretty: the body’s metabolism goes to sleep, muscles stop moving all together and the heart slows down. Your calorie-burning rate plummets to about one calorie per minute — a third of what it would be if you were walking. Insulin effectiveness drops, and fat and cholesterol levels rise. Yikes!
Whether your “bad” habit is sitting, or eating junk all night long in front of the TV, or yelling at the kids, or… you name it, kicking it is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. And kicking it is just that: kicking it! It involves serious violence. Because your body and minds won’t want to let go of the familiar.
The best way I know to kick a habit is to replace it with another one. Because the more you think about what you should not do it, the more you are going to do it. But if you are involved with something else, you might just get used to that something else and let go of the bad habit.
What do you think? Easy? Not at all. Feasible? Heck, yes!