We’ve all been there: standing naked in front of the bathroom mirror, preparing for our daily wash, and analyzing our bodies. “I have got to do something about this.” You say.
You are now more determined than ever to loose that extra weight, making commitments, swearing to a gym routine, and claiming tomorrow is the day. Basically, as most of us know, we just over-whelm ourselves. Most of us don’t have time for exercise, are to tired to go to the gym, or have the dreaded lack of motivation.
Yes, this article isn’t about committing to a workout routine, or joining a gym. It’s about making use of your daily routines, and successfully tricking yourself into getting a decent exercise over the course of a day. Which should have you saying, “Damn, I look pretty good.” next time you’re preparing for your daily cleanse.
Walk as much as possible!
If you have the luxury of getting away from your desk, at any part of the day (break, lunch, after a meeting), go outside and take a walk, anywhere, even if it’s just around the block. Not only is this relieving stress, but you’re burning extra calories! Besides who wants to sit behind that desk all day anyway?
Try to incorporate this idea into your everyday life. Park farther away. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. You don’t need a treadmill or a gym to get exercise!
If you’re cooking dinner, waiting for that nice juicy roast to finish, use this time to your advantage! Walk around the block. Walk several laps around your your house.
The more you walk throughout the day, the more calories you will burn.
Find simple ways to incorporate small exercises into your daily routine and chores. For example:
While doing laundry: Do several reps with that bottle of detergent on each arm.
Focus on reps, not the exercise!
Focusing on the exercise will make it more dreadful. To keep your mental attitude in check, try breaking down the exercise by reps, or intervals of time.
For example, if your walking, try intervals of five. I.E. 5 mins, 10mins, 15mins, whatever you have time for. So if you’re trying to do a 20 min walk, focus on getting to the small 5 min mile stone, then to 10 mins, etc. etc.
The same Idea goes for reps. If you’re pumping those laundry detergent bottles while you’re waiting for the wash to finally finish. focus on the small milestones, to get to the big finish.
To really alleviate the mental anguish of “doing actual exercise” Get someone else involved! But this doesn’t have to be a physical involvement from them. Pick up the phone, and blabber away about your day while you do it.
Find a way to keep your mind off of the fact you are “exercising”. Your exercises will be more enjoyable, more rewarding, and be should cause you less mental anguish.
GET OFF THE COUCH, AND GET AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER. When you are outside, you are more prone to doing physical activities. At least more so than sitting inside on the couch watching TV.
Use your imagination on this one: Walk your dog, play with your kids, get rid of those ugly weeds. You’ll find something.
Be aware of what you’re eating!
I’m not saying you have to totally change your diet, but you need to be aware of what you’re eating. Making healthier food decisions, will not only promote better health, but will aid you in see the weight loss you desire. Definitely get used to reading the content labels on products you buy!
Here are some key things to consider:
Watch your food Proportions!
– Add veggies or fruits to your meals
– Add healthier choices to your meals
Watch for unnecessary calories from drinks. (Soda, juice, etc).
– Some drinks carry an enormous amount of empty calories, carbs, and sugars.
– Switch to Diet, or cut back!
Cut back on some of your Fat Intake!
– Cut out fried foods
– Cut out Junk Food
– Stay away from fast food
– Watch what kinds of oils you cook with, or your food is being prepared with. Most oils are 120 calories of fat, and that’s just one tablespoon.
Instead – Baking or grilling are great alternatives!
It’s about small changes:
By making several small changes, you should eventually be able to see a big difference down the road. Once you start to see the difference, I promise you, It will give you all the motivation you need to keep going. So, keep staring at your naked body, be proactive about your health!
*Always make sure to talk to your doctor before starting a diet/exercise regimen.
Weight loss Team