Some of us are not as motivated about losing weight as others, but there are always some basics that you can try to add to your regular routine to make it a little bit easier on you to start thinking about what you can seriously try in order to shed some pounds. Most people start the business of losing weight once they have been inactive for a while. That may or may not be the case for you, but some things to remember about the benefits of physical activity start off with reducing your risk for chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, and some cancers as well. Physical activity can also help you build muscle, bones, and strong joints. You can improve your flexibility, ward off bad moods that can lead to depression, and overall change your mood positively to affect your general sense of well-being. Some feel that they just don’t have enough hours during the day to fit in a good exercise routine. With all these great benefits, you may find yourself saving time in the long run as well as living a longer, healthier life.

To launch your love of regular physical activity, you can take a brief walk around the block whether you are at home in your neighborhood or at break during work or anywhere else where space allows. How about taking the stairs instead of the elevators during a time in the day when it is safe? (It is not recommended to do this late at night by yourself.) Weather permitting, mow the lawn. A simple stretching, getting up and walking around will do when you’re at work. When it is safe, think about parking your car further away from store entrances or movie theaters, or other places you may go. This will give you the extra distance you need to get to your car and add in some walking. Finally, you can take a beginner’s class in yoga, aerobics, or anything else you can think of that would interest you and be fun to do. These are just some ideas to get started. It is recommended to do at least 20 minutes of physical activity 2-3 times per week, but you can always break them into intervals if exercise is easier to face five minutes at a time or 15 minutes at a time. Find out what is comfortable for you, stick to it, and every once in a while, challenge yourself!

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