With the New Year, many of us are focusing on our bodies. One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions has to do with losing weight. We set goals and often get discouraged when we are not reaching them as quickly as we think it should happen. The truth of the matter is that it has taken a lifetime of bad habits to put the unwanted pounds on and there is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to losing weight: it is all about healthy life changes that need to be put in place in order to achieve fitness goals.
The most common action a person takes when they decide to start a fitness regime is to join the gym. Which is why January sees the biggest influx of people heading to their local establishment. This may sound like a good idea but in fact it causes the gym to fill with people and desperation. Queues for the showers, queues for the treadmills and parking issues just bring about a lot of unwanted stress.
Although, we understand the changes that need to be made, scheduling can make it difficult to do some of the traditional things when it comes to fitness. Work, school, and home life can make joining a gym or beginning a running routine almost impossible. Here are a few things that you can do to improve your health that will not conflict with your hectic routine – quite the contrary by using our tips you actually will manage to navigate a busy day without the feeling of under pressure.
Although it may be tempting to spend time driving around the parking lot in order to find the closest parking space, your waistline will appreciate a longer walk to your destination. A nice morning walk can do wonders and ready your head for the coming day. Taking a few more steps every day can eliminate the need for a long drawn out workout at the local gym. If you are thinking about joining the gym, January is one of the busiest months for it so don’t waste your time queueing for machines or having to park there. As a bonus, walking is free so your bank account will suffer less. If you don’t live to far – try cycling to work. A bit of morning exercise prepares you for your day at work where in some cases you may be sat down for up to 8 hours!
There has been a recent trend in the fitness world to use dance to help people achieve their fitness goals. Zumba has become very popular, but do not fret if you lack the time to search out one of these fun and exciting classes. Many people have all the tools needed to dance their way to a thinner waistline right in their own home. Most homes contain game consoles. There are a number of dance games available for these gaming systems. You will be able to exercise anytime the mood strikes and will not have to feel embarrassed to be the only large person gyrating in a Zumba class. It’s fun and as ‘Sport England’ has put it in their adverts: This Girl Can – ‘Sweating like a pig - feeling like a fox’. Watch their video here: www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/girl-can-sport-england-launches-4977251!
Take the Stairs
We know it is an old one – but hand on the heart: When was the last time you actually ditched the lift in favor of the old leg raisers? It is easier to wait on the elevator, but taking the stairs will give you a few more steps each day and offer resistance in your everyday workout routine. If you start doing this every day – every little bit counts towards your exercise plan.
Joining a gym is a great way to get a handle on those love handles, but isn’t for everyone. Finding little things that you can change in your everyday routine to allow for a few more steps or offer a little more resistence will allow you to achieve your fitness goals faster and easier than you think.
Working Out at Home
Deciding to work out at home can have many benefits, save you money and stress! Instead of joining the gym more and more people are participating in online fitness challenges or weight loss contests. People are preferring to workout whilst streaming online fitness videos in the comfort of their own homes. Reducing travel time and costs and eliminating setting foot in bad weather conditions.
Deciding to work out at home can have many benefits, save you money and time – which means you have more of both to spend on other things! Instead of joining the gym more and more people are participating in online fitness challenges or weight loss contests. People are preferring to workout whilst streaming online fitness videos in the comfort of their own homes. Reducing travel time and costs and eliminating setting foot in bad weather conditions which means less stress! Why not give online fitness videos by expert trainers a go which means you only pay a small percentage of the costs of a live fitness trainer.