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Losing significant amounts of weight may seem like a daunting task at first. Many give up quickly at the mere thought of the months of torturous exercise and strict dieting. The good news: it does not have to be that difficult. There are plenty of ways to integrate fitness into your life in non-intrusive ways, like yoga or pilates. A few simple changes to your lifestyle and habits over time can make the biggest difference to your weight loss goals.
1. Include fitness activities into your everyday life
Our ever-busy lifestyles can make it tricky to fit formal workouts in. With a bit of creativity, you can sneak more exercise without completely changing your day. Some great examples include taking the stairs instead of an elevator or your parking car a bit further from the door. Better yet, walk or ride a bicycle to nearby shops instead of driving altogether.
2. Focus on improving your fitness performance rather than losing weight
The pressure we put ourselves to lose weight fast can drive us insane! It is not a good idea to check the scales every day. When you start exercising, it is best to focus on improving your performance day-by-day, while cleaning up your eating habits more and making small lifestyle improvements. As you perform better in your workouts, you will find the fat melting off!
3. Integrate fitness into your social life and holidays
It can feel like a vigorous workout regimen is getting in the way of your social life. Why not make exercise a part of your social life? After all, we should not have to choose between our health and our social lives. Selecting social activities which include physical activity, such as attending a group class at the local gym, dancing, hiking, or a pickup basketball game, are all great ways to incorporate your friends and family into your workout regime.
4. Vary your workouts to prevent fitness boredom
Engaging in many different types of exercises can not only prevent us from becoming bored with repetition, but experts say our bodies respond better to variety. This because our muscles are not able to adjust to one set of exercises, helping to keep them adequately challenged and responsive. Try using functional training machines in your gym or SPARC to try something new.
5. Stay on top of meal planning
You are more likely to stick to the better food choices when healthy meal options are available at all times. This means having healthy snacks on hand everywhere, like fruit and nuts in your office drawer or car for when cravings hit hard. It can be helpful to keep healthy emergency meals in your freezer for the nights when you just don’t have time to cook a healthy dinner and drive through fast food seems like a much easier option.
6. Make painless food substitutes
These days, there are healthier versions of almost any food: sugar-free chocolate, low-fat cheese, wheat-free pizzas, vegetable crisps. You can find healthy recipes anywhere. Not to mention, they are just as delicious as the originals! You will not even realize you are on a diet until the weight starts coming off.
Finally, don’t beat yourself up
Weight loss is a long-term journey - it is consistency over time that matters most. Even those who have successfully lost weight will admit they have had their difficult days. The important thing is to get back on that wagon as soon as possible. Don’t let the guilt of a few tough days undo all the great ones when you aced it!
The Cybex Research Institute developed 16 goal-oriented workouts, including weight loss. Following these progressive programs will help you reach your goals, while challenging you to get more from your time at the gym.