Posts Tagged ‘walking’

New Year’s Perennial Challenge, “How Can I Lose Weight?”

Year after year, come new year, there is a zeal to lose weight, gyms are packed, meals are missed, crash diets are embarked upon, various levels of fasting take place – all in the spirit of wanting to loose weight and loose it  f-a-s-t.  Taking drastic measures is often extremely difficult to keep up with; with luck one might manage a few days or at best weeks, then the old routine creeps in and its all back to square one.

The trick is not to take drastic measures, looking at your habits on a daily basis I think is the best starting point, from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed, a critical analysis habits of your habits may give a good indication of habits you may adjust without doing anything drastic and unsustainable.  For example, what time do you wake up?  Perhaps if you get up 15-20 minutes earlier you could do some stretch exercises and sit-ups before taking a shower. What do you drink first thing?  Drinking water first thing is beneficial to cleansing the system and adding a squeezeof lemon juice is particularly benefial.   What about your eating habits, do you take time to chew , what is your plate size? can you squeeze in a good walk – perhaps parking the car further or walking to a bus stop further away,… all these are small changes you can make and see the weight going down – definitely.   For many more practical tips – 101 tips on how to lose weight, check out this link.

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Everyday Exercises to Lose Weight

Our human bodies were designed to move and to be active, we are not suited for a life of lounging about with little or no activity.  In fact, health experts insist that obesity problem is probably caused at least as much by lack of physical activity as by eating too much. Hence, it is important that people need to move around.  Today, our daily obligations of work and home keep us tied to our chairs, and if we want exercise, we have to seek it out.

However, that does not mean that a lap or two around the old high school track will offset a daily dose of donuts. Exercise alone is not very efficient, experts say. They contend that if you just exercise and do not change your diet, you may be able to prevent weight gain or even lose a few pounds for a while.  The more regularly you exercise, the easier it is to maintain your weight. Here is what to do every day to make sure that you get the exercise you need.

Walking

Walking is very beneficial and it is probably the easiest exercise program of all. In fact, it may be all you ever have to do, according to some professional advices of some health experts.  Gradually build up to at least 30 minutes of brisk walking five times a week. Brisk walks themselves have health and psychological benefits that are well worth the while.

Quality Sleep

Make sure that you get adequate sleep. Good sleep habits are conducive to exercise, experts point out. If you feel worn out during the day, you are less likely to get much physical activity during the day.  In addition, there is evidence that people who are tired tend to eat more, using food as a substance for the rest they need.

The treadmill.

When the weather is bad, you might not feel like going outdoors. But if you have a treadmill in the television room, you can catch up on your favorite shows while you are doing your daily good turn for your weight-maintenance plan.Most of us watch television anyway, and indoor exercise equipment enables anyone to turn a sedentary activity into a healthy walk.

Take advantage of every opportunity

Excuses aside, lack of time is certainly a limiting factor in most lifestyles. That is why health experts suggest a basic guideline for incorporating exercise into your schedule, for example using the stairs, waking up earlier to do a few stretch exercises, etc.  Get as much exercise as you can that feels good without letting it interfere with your work or family life. If you need to, remind yourself that you are preventing many health problems when you prevent weight gain; and keeping your health is a gift to your family as well as yourself.