Jumpstart Your Fitness
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Beware The I'ds of
Spring has sprung and there you and I sit,
overweight and overtired. The year is one-fourth gone and we are dangerously
close to having little more than not-so-fond memories of the body we wanted by
Here are a few examples of what I mean by
the dreaded I'ds of March:
- I'd be in better shape if only I'd
been working out sooner...
- I'd be thinner if only I'd have
started my diet January 1st...
- I'd be more energetic if only I'd
have lost my gut like I planned -- and vowed -- to do on New Year's Eve!
It's time to seize the moment and stop
ignoring the warnings issued by your ever-expanding body.
5 Fitness Tips to Jumpstart Your
Use these tips to get your fitness program
started right and avoid the excuses year round!
TIP #1: The quick,
Perform one exercise movement per day for
five consecutive days and perform only that movement for eight non-stop minutes
(taking appropriate short seconds of rest to catch your breath). For example,
perform bent-knee push-ups on Monday; lunges on Tuesday; abdominal crunches on
Wednesday; squats with your hands on your hips on Thursday; and, all of the
above exercises in succession on Friday. I guarantee it will be quick and
youll definitely feel it.
TIP #2: Split in two
Research has proven that exercise is just
as effective if performed in separate bouts. Go for two 10-minute walks per
day. Try one walk in the morning before work and one in the afternoon at lunch.
It adds up to 20 quick and efficient minutes of exercise per day.
TIP #3: Get outside
Commune with nature! To jumpstart your
workout, your body and your soul, get out of the house and do part of your
exercise in a natural environment. You'll find you can better move and breathe
outdoors. Go for a walk, jog or cycle. Take your kids to the park and actually
play with them.
TIP #4: Tighten up with
Just by flexing a few times each day, you
can maintain a significant amount of muscle tone. Simply flex those muscles
whenever youre sitting in your car, standing at the bus stop or walking
to the boss' office. For example, while stuck in traffic, tighten your
abdominals and hold for 60 seconds. Please remember to keep breathing through
your nostrils. Maybe youre waiting in line at the store checkout. Nothing
much to do? Hardly! Flex and tighten your legs and hold for 30 seconds. Believe
it or not, this can help to strengthen and tighten the muscle. Its
wont exactly provide the benefit that weight training will give you, but
it will get you started in the right direction.
TIP #5: Shop till you drop
Mall shoppers can take the stairs a
specific number of times. For example, decide that youll take the stairs
10 times and you wont leave until youve completed all 10
repetitions. Spread it out during your shopping as much as you need, but be
sure to complete the 10 times. You can make a game of it by shopping a bit on
the upper level and then switching to the lower level. Remember, I said to use
the stairs... not the escalator!
Thanks Raphael. Successful dieters know
that fitness provides that extra punch you need to burn fat and calories
faster. When you decide to link up with eDiets, be sure to click on our fitness
program and the little extra that'll mean a lot!
5 Simple Changes To Lose 10
Weight loss is not magic and if it sounds
too good to be true, and weve all heard this, it is. Weight loss is a
numbers game but there is a payoff for you if you follow my instructions.
Make small changes -- they pay off, big
time. Small changes made consistently, pay off in pounds off.
1. If you usually drink regular
soda, STOP! Lose more than 2 pounds in a month without trying (estimating about
10 cans per week). One 12-ounce can of soda has 150-170 calories and no
nutrition. Have ice cold water or a can of diet soda if you like but limit the
diet stuff to one can per day.
2. Go for a walk. A brisk walk and
just for 15 minutes, twice a day. In a month, you'll walk off a pound!
3. Change the potato chips to
pretzels. One serving of chips has 60 more calories than pretzels, and 10 times
more fat grams. Just changing this snack will help you lose one half pound this
month. Better yet, switch to baby carrots and lose another half pound.
4. Order a Whopper Jr. instead of
the regular, and enjoy a side salad too. The Junior-sized sandwich is plenty
for most folks and is mighty satisfying on its own. The original has 700
the junior only 400. Eliminate the mayo on the junior and
youre doing even better! Save 390 calories on one sandwich and, assuming
you eat out at least twice a week, youll drop at least three quarters of
a pound just by switching from a large size to a smaller one.
5. Instead of sitting for hours in
front of the television, get on your exercise bike and pedal during
commercials! You'll burn about 200 calories. Do it at least five evenings per
week during your favorite program (figure youll be pedaling about 20
minutes a day) and lose another pound!