If you want to lose weight, you’re going to need to step up your game. That means not only making an effort to watch what you eat, but also do more exercise and be more active. That may sound easier said than done, but it doesn’t have to be as hard as you think! Here are a few simple ways you can work out smarter every day:
Start the Day With a Workout
Instead of yawning your way downstairs for a quiet morning, kick your day off with a bang by hitting a bodyweight workout first thing in the morning. Do a few sets of push-ups, pull-ups, burpees, and leg raises, and you’ll give your body a solid workout. Your metabolism will be fired up, and you’ll burn through those breakfast calories in no time. Plus, you’ll have more energy all through the morning, and you’ll be ready to hit that workout hard by mid-afternoon. Don’t forget a few stretches–both static and dynamic–to help loosen your joints, increase mobility, and enhance flexibility.
Did you know that your posture can have a huge effect on your energy levels? If you slouch or hunch your shoulders, you’ll feel less energized than you would if you stood tall with your head held high and your shoulders back. Keep your posture upright as you walk to the office, and you’ll start the day with more energy and confidence and feeling happier.
Just because you can park near the office entrance, that doesn’t mean you should. Why not park at the far end of the parking lot, and get in a bit of a workout by walking a little more? Instead of taking the elevator, why not climb a few sets of stairs? You can ride the elevator part of the way and climb the rest of the way. Get up throughout the day, move around, and even mix in an office workout. The more you move around at the office, the more calories you’ll burn, and the more energy you’ll have for your afternoon or evening workout.
Be Smart with Snacks
When contemplating a snack in the middle of the day, think of WHY you’re snacking. Is it just because you want something to eat or do, or are you actually hungry? If you’re hungry, choose something that will fill you up–something with a lot of fiber, protein, or healthy natural fats. If you’re snacking to satisfy a craving or a sweet tooth, choose something with a bit of sweetness–such as fruits or nuts. Snacks are meant to help you survive between meals, not satisfy some craving!
Make it an Active Lunch
There will always be the temptation to get lazy around lunch time. After all, you’ve had a hard morning of work, so lunch is your time for a break, right? Sure, but why not make it an active lunch? Instead of sitting down for your meal, take it to go and walk around the nearby park, down the street, or even across the parking lot. Or, take a walk first, and finish your lunch break with a quick bite to eat. Walk with friends to make it more enjoyable, but definitely don’t spend your lunch break sitting down.
Sleeping right is one of the most important ways to lose weight, and a good night’s sleep will help you to have more energy for your workout. Make it a point to get to bed at the same time every day, and keep to a regular sleep schedule. It may mean you’ll miss out on some social activities, but it’s worth it to have the energy you need to work out and lose weight!