Question of the Week: What would you do if you couldn’t exercise?

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

I just found out a running friend of mine isn’t able to run because of a health issue. It has gotten me thinking about what I would do if I couldn’t run.

What would you do if you couldn’t exercise?

What if you had to lose weight or stay at a healthy weight without physical activity?

Which foods would you eat to make sure you stayed satisfied at lower calorie levels?

What if it was just your favorite sport? What other sports would you participate in if you were banned from your favorite?

Contingency plans. I always worry about how to make this lifestyle something that can last me the rest of my life. I always ask myself, “Can I do this for the rest of my life?” If the answer is no, then I change it to make it more livable.

There may come a time when I can no longer run or walk. What will I do instead? I need to have a contingency plan just in case so I can live this life for the rest of my life.


6 Responses to “Question of the Week: What would you do if you couldn’t exercise?”

  1. Misty Says:

    For many people, they are not willing to make exercise part of their lives at all, so perhaps this is a question that has a more wide application. If they knew what they had to do to maintain or lose weight without exercising, would they still be so unwilling to get out there?

  2. Megan Says:

    My husband just had a 6-way bypass due to family history. He has always been very fit & in shape & it’s driving him nuts that walking makes him feel winded now. Luckily, he can work his way back to where he was. And now he knows how hard it is for me to get in shape.

  3. FitClubScott Says:

    Yikes! I’ve never considered what I would do if I couldn’t do any exercise.

    I’m also a runner and occasionally end up with an injury. I usually just switch to bike riding or the elliptical.

    Could I keep my weight under control without exercising? I don’t think so. I don’t think I could consume that few calories for an extended period of time. It’s one of the great things about exercise…you get to eat more and still lose/keep off the weight.

  4. Ann Says:

    I decided to return to my fitness program after a 2 year hiatus (for no good reason). Because I gained 50 pounds in that time, I hired a trainer at the “Y” to teach me to exercise wisely. After 3 sessions with her where I would faint or feel faint when targeting upper body exercises, she stopped the training and asked me to not return until I see a doctor. If the doctor comes back with disturbing news, then, I plan to switch from Weight Watchers to the AHA diet, and work within my new parameters. One thing I’ve learned is NO MORE EXCUSES!! I will work with what I’ve got and make what I have work for me.

  5. Ellie Says:

    It would take an awful lot to keep me from exercising. If I get injured, I will do something else, at very least physical therapy. I get anxious and depressed without exercise. Also, without exercise your body eats its own muscle over time and your metabolism goes down and you get fatter and fatter.

  6. Jamie Says:

    If exercise is not an option, I’d have to be even more strict with the diet. Lower calorie intakes and fewer empty carbs. Would have to cut back on the “cheat days” too 🙂

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