There are lots of ways to lose weight: strength training, martial arts (which we’ve talked a lot about), running, etc. But let’s be realistic – those are the standard suggestions thrown out these days. You don’t always have to do the same old same old, you know. You can always branch out and try something new. Here are some ways that you can lose the weight and still have fun.
- Television workout – Sounds counterproductive, I know. But circuit training is particularly effective for building endurance because it changes up your heart rate so often. So while you’re watching your favorite TV show, work out during the commercial break. During the first two, throw in about twenty pushups if you can. If not, do some crunches. You can keep light dumbbells in the living room and use them as well, or break out your yoga mat. There are lots of ways you can exercise during commercial breaks!
- Dance. Dancing burns through calories. It doesn’t have to be zumba, or even an organized salsa class. You can bust a move in your living room to some rap song if you want. As long as you’re moving and grooving, you’re losing weight! Of course, taking a dance class is great, too.
- Walking your dog. Going for a walk is great exercise, a stress-reliever, and also gets rid of some of your dog’s excess energy. Walk Fido around the block a couple of times, maybe throwing in some jogging time, too.
- The mall. Yep, you know how much time ladies can spend walking around the mall. Once I tried to set my foot in every store at the closest mall, and I was so tired afterwards! Bonus points if you skip escalators and elevators for the stairs.
- Make it easy. Putting exercise equipment around your house will make it more accessible, and you’ll be more likely to actually do it. Put a stationary bike in the living room, a set of light weights in your bedroom, or make some room for stretching in the bathroom; whatever is most convenient for you.
- Inspiration. Of course, this won’t actually make you lose weight, but it might motivate you to. Create an exercise or motivational board on Pinterest and pin to it regularly. Read health magazines, read articles online, talk to a personal trainer, or look for other sources of motivation. Put up a poster on the wall, write a good quote on the mirror; whatever reminds you to get up and moving!
I hope all of your weight loss endeavors go well, and that you have a wonderful week!
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