One of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions is to lose weight. Gym memberships increase, and workout clothes get sold, but by March, you see a decline. There’s a lack of motivation, you find yourself to be too busy, you’ll find a short cut, or maybe you’ll start that diet next week. Even with millions of people vowing to exercise more and eat out less, America still has millions of people suffering from obesity. While some may be due to genetics, most are due to lifestyle choices like remaining sedentary for the majority of the day. No more complaints about not finding time to exercise; here’s how to squeeze some in:
- Walk your dog: If you have a dog, chances are they’re bored out of their minds! Watching TV and chasing your tail in the backyard may sound like a dog’s life, but dogs are still creatures of the wild. They like to get some exercise, and you need to get some exercise. Taking your dog for a walk gives you both awesome benefits. A brisk walk in the park will burn those calories, give you a boost of endorphins, and get you out the house.
A cute English bulldog. He would love to go for a walk with you!
- Take the stairs: When have you been somewhere where there’s an escalator or elevator and no stairs? There’s some places, but it’s rare. Choose to take the stairs this time. Your heart will certainly start pumping, and you may even find yourself breathing a little harder. Make a goal to take the stairs wherever you go.
- Park farther: When you go shopping, have you noticed the spots close to the door are always taken? Make your life a lot easier by parking farther, where you’re guaranteed a parking spot, and some extra activity. Get moving! A few extra steps to the store may even allow you to rethink what you plan on buying, making your wallet happy too.
- Clean up the house: I never realized how much work it is to clean a house until I got my own place. I now live in a two story townhouse with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. When I clean, I find myself sweating profusely. Going up and down the stairs with a basket of laundry was an obstacle. Scrubbing toilets, washing dishes, and vacuuming may seem easy but you’ll notice yourself panting a bit.
- Do some outside work: If you have some landscaped work, you may have considered hiring a gardener. Do some of that work yourself. Cut your own lawn, plant your own flowers, wash down your own driveway. I always wondered my mom enjoyed doing outside work, and she said it was her way of staying fit.
- Play with kids: You know who has seemingly never ending energy? Kids do! They always want to run, they constantly want to play, they’re interested in sports. If you have kids, have them be your inspiration to work out and play with them. It’s easy to buy a couple slowpitch bats from HomerunMonkey.com and hit the park for some softball. If you don’t have kids of your own, volunteer at a school or park and run with them. You’ll quickly find that you’re getting in some great exercise keeping up with children.