Most individuals are trying many different exercise programs and diet programs without success. The bottom line is to reduce your caloric intake and increase your caloric output. When you are just sitting without movement your body burns very few calories. Watch a thin person sitting. They are always moving something such as a foot or leg. They are burning those few extra calories constantly. Those calories add up by the end of the day. When you knit both hands are moving so you are burning calories. If both hands are busy then you cannot be eating at the same time.
Most individuals tend to eat when they are bored or not busy or are stressed. By knitting you are doing double time by not eating and you are moving. To burn even more calories while knitting work your abdominal muscles. Sit tall and place both feet on the floor. Make sure that your lower back is supported by extra pillows behind you if it is needed. Tighten your abdominals and hold them in as tightly as you can for as long as you can. As you hold your abdominal muscles in that is considered an isometric exercise. The longer you hold the contraction the more intensely you work your abdominal muscles. By performing isometric contraction you are burning additional calories. Don’t forget to breathe. Never hold your breath or you will become light headed.
You can practice your new isometric exercise throughout your busy days. You can perform this simple task while sitting in traffic, or a car pick up line or waiting for the microwave to go off. You can perform an abdominal isometric exercise anywhere any time.
Knitting will help you with boredom, it is also a great stress reliever and if you donate your knitted items even better for your sole and giving back to others. When you are finished with your knitting for the day or evening don’t forget to stretch your tired achy muscles. “Stretches for Knitters and Crocheters “ contain many stretches for a variety of tired muscles.
Ellen is a certified Fitness Practitioner and Personal Trainer and has been teaching obtainable lifestyle changes for over 20 years.
Ellen writes and produces fitness DVD’s of the IsoBreathing program. The DVD’s are now being sold through the IsoBreathing website world wide.
Ellen writes for her monthly newsletter, North shore counseling and wellness and New Orleans Wedding Magazine. She has been awarded Innovator of the Year 2006 by City Business and 2008 Best Of Mandeville in Exercise Programs by USLBA. www.isobreathing.com and she can be reached at Ellen@isobreathing.com