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Old February 25th, 2008, 01:15 AM   #1
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i found this and thought it would be helpful for people wanting to lose weight in a healthy way

Lazy? Who me? Sure, we'd all like to think we have as much get-up-and-go as Superman, but the reality is that with the work, family, study and social demands these days, no-one would blame you if you wanted to veg for a while, or even take a nap! The ironic thing, though, is that exercise actually boosts your energy and serotonin levels, which in turn brighten your mood and make you an all round better person. So the trick to a slimmer and nicer you is to fit a little fitness into your life when you can. That way you can still have your cat nap, but you'll have done your exercise as well. Ready to get started? Here's how.


Get motivated

A lazy person's worst enemy is themselves. We all know what it's like to place going for a run a distant second to sitting on the couch and indulging in some television time. So how can you inject a little helium into that will power of yours and get your body into gear?

Experts agree that the number one motivational trick is to have clear goals. When's the last time you set off in your car without a destination in mind? Probably never. So don't start a fitness regime without knowing where you want to end up. Online trainer Dean Piazza suggests writing down your goals, telling friends and tracking your progress in a diary to make you more accountable. Reward yourself after you achieve each goal and make sure your goals are realistic, so you'll actually get there and feel good about yourself.

On days when even getting started seems like an effort, there's still something you can do to jumpstart your enthusiasm. Take your workout five minutes at a time. Start a treadmill run or weights workout and aim to stick with it for only five minutes. At the end of that period, give yourself a tick on a notepad and then do another five minutes. By taking on a little bit at a time the workout won't look so daunting and momentum will carry you through.


Making fitness fun will also boost your motivation. Try these sneaky tricks:

Workout while watching TV: use hand weights, stretch, or do sit-ups during your favourite shows. Also, get off the couch to change the channel or volume.

Get a pet dog: having to take your new pooch for daily walks is the perfect reason to pull on your sneakers.

Join a fitness club or team: group exercises or sports teams are not only great for motivation but also for meeting new people.

Involve loved ones: go for a walk with friends, go rollerblading with your partner, or take a dance class with your sister.

Be smart: use your life to your advantage by walking to school instead of taking the bus and by planning active outings, like trips to the zoo. You won't have to change much about your current routine and you'll still see results.


Stick to super-easy workouts
The good news for the lazier ones amongst us is that you don't have to set out for a marathon 60-minute jog every day to lose weight. Just 10-20 minutes of exercise three times a week should do it. Try these easy activities:


Running (try tackling a hill)
Walking (hit the stairs)
Skipping
Boxing
Jumping jacks
Lunges and squats
Sit-ups and push-ups
Swimming
Bike riding


Utilise your day
Where do most of us spend the majority of our time? Either sleeping or at school, right? Well, it's a bit hard to burn calories when you're dozing, so that leaves us with squeezing some sneaky fitness into our nine-to-five grind. And how do we achieve that? By being creative. Any movement is better than none, so add short bouts of exercise throughout your day and you'll notice a difference in your energy levels, concentration, mood, skin and weight!


Try these handy hints:
-Sit on an exercise ball instead of a chair. This will strengthen your abs and back and help your posture.
-Stretch every hour and remember to take deep breaths.
-Get a headset for your phone so you can move around while you talk.


Start today
The hardest part of any fitness regime is getting started, but once you do you'll feel so much better for it. Just because you enjoy your down time doesn't mean you're lazy, so don't feel guilty for hanging around on the couch for a while. Just fit a little fitness into your life when you can and reap the rewards!

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Old May 31st, 2008, 05:01 AM   #2
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thanks its imformative and i will use it now on
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good job man Rep ^ for this this couild help people get healthy and stay healthy

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Old March 2nd, 2009, 04:37 PM   #4
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What about the basics

eat a healthy breakfast, cut down on fatty foods and carbs ect
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Old March 18th, 2009, 06:09 PM   #5
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good guide.ima follow some of this as this summer ima try to lose some so that at the starting of the school year people will be like WOW

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Old January 27th, 2010, 12:06 PM   #7
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Good job ste ste!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I agree that the hardest part is getting started. A month ago I just started eating healthier and I think I'm down a couple pounds. But thanks for the tips, great job!
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Old December 18th, 2010, 04:42 PM   #9
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I like to do alot of swimming during the summer in the winter ill walk my dog for a good 10 min a day and plus i cut down on my intake of food. Since starting my little exercise program thingy ive lost 35 lbs .
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thanks man got me off my arse!
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Old January 17th, 2011, 09:54 PM   #11
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Thanks for this! I'm a bit more motivated now. =-D



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Thanks for info ^^,I wouldn't hurt me to shed a few pounds,and the thing about exercising makes you a happier person is cool.

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This is great!! Super helpful and inspirational
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Old January 18th, 2012, 05:15 PM   #14
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To put it simply... burn more calories than you consume, eat less, move more.. and you'll lose weight. Easier said than done, but doable. I've lost a full stone (14lbs) since January 2nd.

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What about the basics

eat a healthy breakfast, cut down on fatty foods and carbs ect
A healthy diet is about balance, yes, but I'm glad the OP didn't put "diet advice" because there's a lot of misinformation around.

Eating a breakfast is not essential, btw. For some people, they need it, others don't, I don't.. I feel sick after eating breakfast and I've found it's a great way to cut down on calories to skip breakfast, because if I eat breakfast (particularly if its full of carbs) I get cravings all morning.

And no, you don't need a breakfast to speed up your metabolism, nor do you need to eat "six small meals" or whatever broscience rubbish they say nowadays.

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May I throw in there that not eating ANYTHING (at first, anorexia is a totally different story) does NOT make you lose weight, but gain it. Your body recognizes that you can't provide it nourishment so it goes into starvation mode and converts everything into fat.
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Good guide, I started to eat more healthily just over a month or so ago and I'm pretty sure I've lost a few kilos. I actually had to buy a smaller size uniform for school because my old one was WAY too big! And the thing about the exercising helping to make you feel better is so true
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Yes! Sports and low calories food, low fat food too! Oh and low sugar too kind of!
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Does anyone see the irony in all of us sitting on our butts in front of a computer which is telling us how to stop being so lazy?
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who would rather sit and watch tv not me
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What about the basics

eat a healthy breakfast, cut down on fatty foods and carbs ect
actually not many people know this, but fatty foods alone wont make you gain any weight. its sugar combined with fatty foods that do it. you see, sugar causes your body to make insulin with forces cells to store fat instead of excreting it. the only kind of fat that is bad is trans fat, stay away from that!
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