When someone has extra weight they need to lose, working out can be daunting if not downright scary. It doesn’t matter how much you need to lose, going to a gym isn’t fun when you’re fat. I’ve been there, but never let it stop me from trying to get healthy. Being active is part of getting healthy.
It’s easy to find ways to avoid exercise, but we know we need to get our bodies moving. But what if you are overweight and so out of shape, that actually taking stairs seems like an impossible task?
Not to worry, there are things you can do to start adding in to your daily routine that will be easy once you make the conscious effort to do them. Every little effort adds up and can increase your fitness level as you go.
I will tell you from past experience, when I started taking my workout seriously it took about two months to really start to see the differences, and that was only losing about 10 pounds in the process. The weight loss wasn’t as significant as was the way my body began to change. This was in the last ten years, so it was happening after I had tuned 40. So I know it’s still possible even at 50, to get your body to change. It will take more effort now I’m sure, but I’m doing this myself and already seeing a difference.
- Walk Faster. This may sound easy, but when we are not used to doing it, we just don’t think about it much. Of course, now that the temperature outside has gone into the 20’s, it’s easier to walk faster because I want to get out of the cold. But in actuality, picking up your pace forces you to use additional muscles for longer, faster strides.
- Pretend You’re Wearing A Corset. If you’ve ever looked back at old westerns or even shows from the 40’s and 50’s, almost every woman wore dresses and looked like they were slim and trim. A lot of these women wore corsets to keep them that way. So if you are sitting at your desk, sit up straight and try to pull tightly in on your abdomen. You can also do this if you are standing in line at the checkout. You’ll be amazed at how sore you are tomorrow. Just pulling in those muscles and holding them as long as you can will begin to work your core.
- Park In The Back Of The Lot. My husband will circle a parking lot for 10 minutes trying to find that perfect parking space. I don’t have the patience for that. I’ve encouraged him to park farther out so it forces us to walk farther. When I go alone, I do this automatically now. Of course, keep safety in mind. If at night, be mindful of your surroundings and don’t park where no one can see you.
- Take The Stairs. You’ve heard this one before I’m sure. It’s really easy to just take the elevator when the stairs offer a great opportunity to get that extra exercise. Do this especially after coming back from lunch to help burn off those lunch calories.
- Stop Calling Coworkers. If you work in an office, it is easy just to pick up the phone and call or email a coworker a question. Depending on your situation, why not walk over and ask instead? Not only does it get you up out of the chair, but it helps to keep the office relationships more personable.
- Cooking Up The Squats. One of the things I’ve been doing recently is when I’m in the kitchen cooking something, I try to fit in something physical. For example, I make sure to wash as many dishes while I’m cooking my ground beef, but while I am waiting on it to finish, I’ll grab the edge of the sink and do squats a few times. Or, I’ll do some standing pushups against the edge. I’ll go back and stir the meat, adding in my peppers and onions, then maybe do a few leg lifts or donkey kicks. Just make sure no one is behind you. 🙂
- Get A Thick Workout Mat and Leave It On The Living Room Floor. I love my workout mat. It stays on my living room floor to remind me to use. it. We push it off to the side, but even if we walk on it, we just flip it over to use the clean side. I bought one that was extra thick because I’m heavy enough that just the carpet isn’t thick enough on my joints and bones. During the evening when I am grabbing a little TV time, I get on the floor and do leg lifts, crunches, or even just stretch. It’s amazing how much it has helped me to feel better and by stretching out those tight muscles, it can really help build up you’re flexibility.
I’m sure there are many more ways to get some additional exercise that doesn’t feel like you’re working out. The real key is to make a conscientious effort and the little bit that you do will add up.
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