Most of us want to lose weight and get fit. And most people think that going to the gym is the only way to do it. But with the economic recession going on, maintaining a gym membership may be hard to do. I’ve got good news for you. You can have your pie and eat it, too.
You can lose weight and get fit without going to the gym. All you need to do is adopt an active lifestyle. In fact, going to the gym is not as important as being active when it comes to losing weight and getting fit. Studies have been done that indicate those who go to the gym twice a week without adopting an active lifestyle are less fit than those who do not go to the gym but adopt an active lifestyle.
And better still, there are lots of ways to get active without spending much money. Here are some of my favorite ways:
Simply walk daily or at least 3 times a week for at least 45 minutes each time. You can walk in parks where you can get to know other walkers or start a walking group yourself at your office or interest group.
If you are passionate about any particular thing, volunteer to do some work in it. There are many non-governmental organizations like Habitat for Humanity that engage volunteers on a continual basis. Such NGOs have lots of physical activities that keep you active while you do good deeds to help others. So join your local Rotary Club and volunteer for some of their activities.
3. Free Fitness Classes
You can quite easily find free fitness classes being offered in your local community. Most would offer free classes but receive voluntary contributions to keep the classes running. The YMCA offers membership scholarships as they have an income-based scholarship program every year open to the public. So you could join their classes and be on their scholarship program.
To find free fitness classes, just Google “free exercise classes” or “free fitness classes” and put in your city.
4. Online Fitness Courses
If you prefer online classes that you could follow at your leisure, you can find free fitness websites that offer workouts, access to fitness experts and daily tips. Alternatively, you could also purchase good weight loss or fitness DVDs at affordable prices and follow the programs at home.
Have you thought of doing some work at fitness centers in exchange for a free membership? Even pricey yoga studios will sometimes trade cleaning chores for studio time.
Here’s a simple activity anyone can do to lose weight, and it’s something you’re already doing every day. But I’ve added a twist to it to help you burn more calories doing this. Check it out in this video and as usual, leave your comments below.
The tragedy of our times is that we are living a more and more sedentary lifestyle. But our bodies are not designed to be that way. Instead, our bodies are designed for movement. However, with increased automation and a hands-off lifestyle, we are increasingly passive in everything we do. This has resulted in a lack of exercise. Today, if we want exercise, we have to seek it out.
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 move around.
However, according to experts, exercise alone is not very efficient. They contend that if you just exercise and do not change your diet, you may lose a few pounds (or kg) but will not experience substantial or permanent weight loss.
So the key is to exercise regularly and change your eating habits. 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.
1. Get quality Zzzs.
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.
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.
3. Walk 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.
4. Seize the time
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.
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.
Just about everybody is concerned about their weight. And more than half of the adult population in developed countries are either overweight or obese. So you see tons of advertisements and information on how to lose weight and offline and online stores are full of weight loss books and products.
So if you’re trying to lose weight, here are a few tips to get you going.
Tip #1 – Stop Talking About Weight Loss!
Start doing something about it instead. Take this simple advice – Stop moving your mouth and start moving your body! It won’t take long to begin seeing the results.
Tip #2 – Slow and Steady is Best
Slow and steady weight loss is better (and safer) than riding the dieting roller coaster. If you’re looking for long-lasting weight loss results, aim to lose an average of about two pounds each week. I lost about 24 pounds (11 kg) in about 12 weeks (you can see my Before and After pics).
In order to lose weight you’ve got to consume fewer calories than you burn. As a bonus, when you combine a proper diet with exercise, you’ll be reducing your caloric intake and increasing your caloric burn rate at the same time.
Tip #3 – Save Your Money
Don’t spend your hard-earned money on the latest weight loss gimmicks. Pills, fad diets, hypnosis, and extreme surgical procedures are not the answer! These gimmicks won’t slim you down, but they will fatten the bank accounts of those who promote them! Eating a nutritionally-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, good fats and lean proteins will encourage weight loss faster than any miracle cure you can buy.
Tip #4 – Weight Loss is a Way of Life
Unfortunately, the issue of weight is something that most people will struggle with throughout life. Excess processed foods and a sedentary lifestyle are the two biggest contributors to this constant struggle. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you’ve got to change the way you think about food. It should be thought of as a source of fuel, not a passion.
Successful weight loss really is about making lifestyle changes, including making the right food choices, and then sticking with those choices throughout life.
Tip #5 – Weight Loss is More Than a Number
When you’re dieting, don’t become a victim of the dreaded scale. When the numbers go down, happiness goes up. But when the numbers stay the same or go up, it is easy to give up and give in. Remember that even if your weight isn’t changing as you would like, your body is. You’ll be taking better care of your heart. You’ll be lowering your cholesterol levels. You’ll be sporting a leaner body and your clothes will begin fitting more comfortably. When you learn to find joy in these other benefits, you’ll want to keep on being a ‘loser’!