Work Out During the Commercials
Instead of sitting on the couch when there are commercials on, get up and get active. Any activity that gets your heart pumping is a good option. Try doing jumping jacks, jogging in place, doing squats, or any other activity that gets your body moving.
If you watch TV for two hours a day, you can burn nearly 300 extra calories each day simply by taking this one simple step.
This can help you lose almost 30 pounds over the course of a year, making it a highly effective way to lose weight.
Split Your Workouts
if you don’t have time to do a full 30 to 40-minute workout each day, try splitting it into multiple workouts.
Five minutes here and ten minutes there can add up to a lot of time spent working out throughout the course of the day.
Studies have shown that multiple short periods of working out provide the same benefit as a single longer workout session in terms of the number of calories that are burned.
Skip the Elevator
Try to climb a few extra flights of stairs each and every day. Just a couple of extra minutes of climbing stairs each day can be enough to keep you from gaining weight throughout the year.
Regularly climbing the stairs can also help increase your overall health.
A study done by Harvard found that men who climbed 70 or more flights of stairs a week were almost 20% less likely to die than those who didn’t.
You don’t have to add that many flights all at once. Instead, build your tolerance slowly by adding a few flights of stairs each week.
Count Your Steps
Invest in a good pedometer and take it with you everywhere that you go. The simple act of wearing a pedometer can help you get motivated to take more steps during the course of a typical day.
In fact, studies have found that people who use fitness watches with pedometers take more than 2,000 more steps each day than people who don’t use pedometers.
That could be enough to help you lose approximately ten pounds over the course of a year.
There are numerous foods that you can eat that will help keep you fuller for longer. Looking at your diet and ensuring you’re eating plenty of slow release foods with fiber can be a good idea.
Additionally, lean proteins are also a big help for weight loss.
Go by Foot for Shorter Trips
If you have errands to run that are located less than one mile from your home, consider walking rather than driving. Although driving is faster, it is a lot worse for your health. Studies have linked driving with an increased rate of obesity.
When you walk, be sure to keep your pace as brisk as possible to burn the maximum number of calories.
You can even apply this concept to errands that are a little bit further from home. All that you have to do is park within about a mile of the activities that you have to do.
Then, it is simply a matter of walking from your car instead. This simple change can help you drop about 15 pounds in a year.