This is the time of year, following the festive feasting, when many people make their New Year’s resolutions to shed a few pounds, live a healthier life and get into better shape. Whilst some of these resolutions will be carried out in the long term, the majority of us will lapse back into our old habits by the middle of February.
Sadly, that’s just a fact of life. Losing weight is a good deal more difficult than most people imagine. There are methods of making your weight loss goals more easily obtainable – and they cost nothing to try.
In the first place, don’t set your goals too high. It doesn’t matter what the level of determination is, nobody is going to become a professional athlete overnight. Set yourself a realistic exercise target. There’s very little point in starting a high intensity exercise program if you are just going to abandon it after a few weeks. You could even do yourself more harm than good if you’re not careful.
The key thing is to do just a little more than you normally do – and to do it consistently. Something as simple as walking a little further and a little more often can really pay major dividends.
Walking is a low impact, low injury risk way to take exercise which needs no specialised training or equipment (apart from a comfortable pair of walking shoes that is). It has a long list of health benefits over and above weight loss – although it is definitely one of the most effective exercises to lose weight that you can do. Regular and consistent exercise, like walking, will help to raise your metabolic rate – which will mean that you burn calories more quickly throughout the day – not just when you’re actively exercising.
One further obstacle which can impact upon people’s ability to adopt a healthier lifestyle can be cost. A walking exercise routine, as mentioned previously, requires no specialised training or equipment and has a very low cost associated with it. And, of course, there aren’t any pricey gym membership fees to pay every month.
Time is yet another obstacle for many people who want to exercise more often. Once again, walking offers a good solution. There’s no need to get dressed up in Lycra and head off to the gym for an hour. Walking can be fitted into your day whenever it’s most convenient for you.
If you have time for a thirty minute walk in your daily schedule then that’s great. If that doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of other ways for you to boost the amount of walking that you do.
Leave your car at home and walk into work from time to time. If the distance is too great then just park the car in a far away corner of the parking lot so that you have further to walk to reach the entrance. If you use the bus or the subway then get off one or two stops earlier than normal and walk the last section of your journey. Climb the stairs instead of taking the lift. At lunchtime, get up from your desk and go for a fifteen minute walk around the block. It all adds up.
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