There are two things you need to get your head around in order to lose weight – one of them is what you eat (and the amount of food you eat) and the other one is exercise.
People who are overweight often go white at the thought of exercise and don’t fancy the idea of joining a gym and getting hot, pink and sweaty in front of all those toned bodies but there are lots of ways in which you can incorporate exercise into your daily routine naturally.
If you are overweight and haven’t done any exercise for a long period of time the last thing you want to do is to overdo things – but slowly and gradually building up the amount of exercise you do each can really help with your weight loss goals.
Walking is a great form of exercise and often under-rated. It doesn’t matter how fit or unfit you are – going for a walk is good for you. You can easily incorporate walking into your daily routine;
” Get up 10 minutes earlier and walk to work if possible
” If you take the bus get off a couple of stops earlier and walk the remainder of the way
” Park a little further from your work or the shops and walk for the last few blocks
” Don’t automatically jump into the car to drive to the store – take the time and walk
” Don’t leave it to the kids to take the dog for a walk, take it yourself – you never know, you just might start to enjoy it
” Weekend walks around the park or along a hiking trail are brilliant exercise and free entertainment. Healthy, enjoyable and free for the whole family.
Cycling is another great form of exercise which can easily be incorporated into many daily lives;
” Cycle to work – this will not only help you to lose weight and get fitter, it will also help to save you some money. You’ll also be able to feel like you’re doing your bit for the environment – cycling is a very environmentally friendly method of transportation.
” If it is too far to cycle to work why not put it on the back of the car and take a trip around the park in your lunch hour. This will leave you feeling energized and refreshed to tackle the afternoons work.
” Get into the habit of taking family cycling trips on the weekends, this is good for all and great fun. If you can get your children into the habit of taking regular exercise and enjoying the great outdoors they are more likely to grow up to be healthy and active adults.
Other forms of exercise which are great fun and can be incorporated into your daily life without going all out at the gym include;
” Dancing – this is a great form of exercise too. Put on your favorite tunes and dance around the kitchen whilst you’re cooking the dinner, get your hips swaying whilst you’re washing the dishes and dance around with the vacuum to your favorite songs.
” Swimming – is another fantastic way of enjoying yourself whilst losing a little weight.
There really are plenty of ways to incorporate exercise into your day and help with your weight loss goals, why not try a few?