Diet fads never work long-term. Extreme exercise regimens can result in injuries or visits to the emergency room. The best way to stay with a program is to find one that’s easy, safe and that you enjoy. Believe me, there are weight loss programs are out there that you might actually enjoy.
Weight loss programs take time. If someone promises you quick over-night success, they’re lying or are uninformed. Pick a program that seems interesting to you and stick with it for 30 days to see if it yields results. If not, try a different program. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
If you can set aside 30 minutes every day to get away from your desk or home and walk around the neighborhood, you’ll burn calories while strengthening your legs and your heart. It’s also cheap, requiring a simple pair of sneakers. If you can’t commit to 30 minutes, try starting with 10 or 15 minutes. Just get started!
Peddle a Bike
These days you can get a bike that’s stationary and fits right under your desk. They call them Desk Cycles, Peddlers and mini-bikes. These portable exercise units have bicycle pedals attached to a metal bar and allow you to bike while you work. With a DeskCycle, you don’t have to leave your desk. You can peddle away while working, sitting on the couch and even while your eating, although I don’t recommend them.
To be honest, I prefer to get out and bike the neighborhood. I have a three wheeled bike that I use to go to the grocery store and gym. It helps me carry my groceries while saving on gas and helping the environment.
Take the Stairs
Admit it, you know you should take the stairs instead of the elevator, but if you’re like me, I have to guilt myself into making the right choice. Start with claiming one day as stair day, where you don’t use the elevator at all. Stair climbing Saturday will help you commit to taking the stairs and getting into the habit. Then you can add a day until you’ve covered all days of the week!
Yummy Foods in Moderation
You don’t have to cut out all of the yummy foods in your life, but you should eat them in moderation. There is no single food that will completely reverse your weight loss attempts. That is unless it’s a trigger food that you can’t stop eating. Those should be left on the shelves of your grocer. Everything in moderation, as long as you stay within your Weight Watchers PointsPlus® or calorie values.
Those who set a routine and stick with it are likely to be successful than those who exercise whenever they feel like it. The goal is to create habits that you don’t have to think about. Successful weight loss requires about habits, positivity, and commitment.
Remember to talk to your doctor before starting any weight loss program.
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