For me, it’s not running marathons every day or going nuts on a bike for hours to burn calories. It’s a clear 80 / 20 Rule. I have learned over the decades that to stay lean for life, it’s 80 percent what I eat and only 20 percent exercise. And of the 20 percent, a full HALF is weight-lifting, with the other half cardio and flexibility.
Nonetheless, that tiny 10 percent portion of cardio and flexibility training such as yoga or Pilates is just as essential as the 80 percent of filling, correctly portioned real foods. Working out trains my mind and body to make that large 80 percent so much easier. My body craves foods that are nourishing and healthy. My emotions stay calm, so portions stay calm and normal. My food decisions are much easier.
I see people at the gym and outside sweating to long cardio sessions with little results. Cardio is just a tiny portion overall. Don’t get me wrong. I love to dance and to run for my internal health, my longevity and my emotional well-being to calm my soul. I move my body because it’s become a part of who I am, my schedule and my daily routine to stay strong. However, it’s the weight lifting that gives me lean muscles to burn calories continuously, so I’m able to eat MORE while sustaining my weight. That makes it all easier too!