This weekend I found some exercising that is both a great upper body workout, and really relaxing. I took my girlfriend out in a canoe. We paddled around for about 3 hours. This burned about 750 calories (according to http://www.nutristrategy.com/activitylist.htm ). The best part of this exercise is it was very relaxing. We saw some swans, fish jumping out of the water, and just enjoyed the breeze and sunshine (while burning calories).
Today we also have an article from www.sparkpeople.com about over doing it. If you are really exhausted you need to make sure you're getting enough sleep. Your body needs that time to repair itself. You may do more harm than good if you're pushing yourself when you need rest.
We read a listener email who says having a pedometer keeps him moving as its just a gentle reminder to keep moving. I start my day by taking 5000 steps. Then I find that through the day I'll get between 1500 and 4000 steps. This way towards the end of the day I'm close to 10,000 (my goal) and I will take a short walk to get to 10,000. Find pedometers at http://shop.logicalloss.com
One of the keys of avoiding “fast food” (McDonald's, Wendy's) is to have FAST FOOD at home. My favorites are the steamed vegetables from birdseye. You get home, pop it in the microwave for 5 minutes, by the time you pet the dog, and get the mail, your vegies are ready. Now when you pass a McDonald's you know that you will be eating as soon as you get in the door.