Many people have the same excuse when it comes to why they haven’t joined the gym: where will I find the time? Truthfully, the gym might be a great place to work out but so is everywhere else including your home, neighbourhood and even office.
1. Try to Make Your Daily Commute Your Exercise Time
If you are lucky enough to work close to home and it is safe to do so, make your trip to work your daily exercise. Walking or even cycling to work is a great way to ensure you get in your required hours of exercise every week. For those on a medical weight loss journey exercise is often not a choice, but a necessity. This small change in your daily routine can see you take huge leaps towards your weight loss goals.
2. Use the Stairs
We’ve all heard this one before, and that’s because it’s true. If you take the stairs and skip the lift you could be adding as many as one hundred steps or more per day without changing anything else in your daily routine.
3. Get an Exercise Ball for Your Desk and Do Other “Deskercises”
Sitting on an exercise or yoga ball at your desk for some of the day, if not the whole day, is one way to engage your core as your body is constantly making small adjustments to restore balance. If this isn’t possible for your work situation you could always invest in some weights to lift while you think about what to write in that email, or even climb the stairs to go visit a colleague. Even the smallest increase in physical activity will make a difference in your weight loss journey.
4. Get Moving While You Watch the Kids
After having children many women start a new weight loss routine to lose the baby weight. Any mother will tell you that children are hard work – so if you can’t leave them alone for an hour to go the gym you can still get a workout with the kids around. Try including your children in your exercise efforts; kick a ball around, play tag, or have a race. You will get some exercise and your kids will love it. This is a great way to forget about weight loss for a moment and just have some fun while exercising. This isn’t just great weight loss for mum; dad can get involved too!
5. Do Calf Raises While You Brush Your Teeth
This is the perfect example of how you can fit exercise into all the moments of your day if you so choose to. Weight loss is about making many small changes to improve your health. Doing exercises while doing something you do every day is a great way to burn some extra calories without disrupting your day to day life. This way you can spend five minutes, twice a day, multitasking your way to great calves.
6. Take a Buddy to the Gym
Making exercise a social time proves to be very effective. By committing not only to exercise, but to meet up with someone else you are much less likely to ditch the gym. Knowing you will be letting down your friend and breaking an agreement will make you more motivated to carry through with your workout plans.
The active aspect of going out with friends doesn’t need to be stuffed into a gym session. You could make any night out with friends active by suggesting something new to do, rather than the usual dinner and a movie. Perhaps you could organize a game of tennis or go out dancing. It doesn’t even have to cost money, walking and talking with a friend is an entertaining way to spend an hour and stick to your weight loss plan too.
If you are looking for support, and you don’t have a friend to take this journey with, let our Slender Wonder weight loss specialists be your friend in losing weight and feeling great.
7. Stretch First Thing in the Morning
If you make a habit of stretching as you wake up you will start each day right. Stretching will also help prevent back pain and other aches. Adding stretching to your morning routine will rid your body of stiffness so that you feel ready for your warm up when the time comes to exercise. The increased blood flow will help to wake you up and grab the day by the horns.