Daylight savings time is finally here. The days are getting longer, the sun is out later. Time to get out of hibernation and mix up your workout routine. Have you spent your winter cardio routine stuck on a treadmill or stationary bike? Get outside and go for a run, a bike ride, a swim or a hike. Near a body of water? Try rowing or stand up paddleboard (SUP). Snow still piled on the ground where you live? Why not head out for some cross country skiing or snowshoeing? You don’t need an expensive lift ticket when the nearest park is just minutes away. Now is a great time to do some spring cleaning and get rid of your old, worn out workout gear, too. Mix up your workouts and take advantage of the sunlight.
3 Simple Weight Loss Tips
Everybody knows that if your body uses up more calories than it needs then you’ll lose weight. The most effective ways to achieve that goal is to transform your eating habits and exercise regularly. Such lifestyle changes require professional help, which I can provide as your personal trainer.
Even before you consult me, however, you can begin your journey to fewer pounds by adding the following simple activities to your life.
- Always take the stairs. If your office is above the ground floor, consider yourself lucky. You have an activity you can perform twice a day that takes almost no time. Rather than take the elevator, use the stairs both coming and going. If you find that climbing more than a floor is too taxing, take the stairs only when you go down. And even then, start by taking the stairs to the next floor down – you can then ride the elevator from there. As you become more fit, add more floors.
- Park far away. When you go to a movie or go grocery-shopping, your first impulse is to park as close to the entrance as possible for convenience. Force yourself to walk more by parking in the furthest corner of the parking lot. The extra steps will burn more calories. As a bonus, it’s generally easier to find parking further away because that is the last place people want to put their cars.
- Stand up to compute. If you sit down when you use your laptop, either to work or play, don’t be surprised if your bottom starts spreading out. To cure that ill, stand up whenever you use your computer. A stand-up desk is ideal for such a purpose. But if you don’t have one and can’t convince the boss to get one, put your computer on top of the break room counter, which usually requires standing for use. At home, use your laptop on top of a kitchen counter, dresser or bureau.
If you need more ways to add activity to your life, please call me. Such relatively minor changes can form a useful foundation for a more rigorous exercise program.