- Start the day with a high-protein breakfast. High-protein foods fill you up, preserve your lean muscle tissue, and add fewer net calories to your diet, when compared to fats and carbohydrates. Try eggs, Greek yogurt, lean meat or cottage cheese.
- Use breathing exercises to help tighten those stomach muscles. Breathe in air as strong as you can and tuck your stomach at the same time as much as you can. Hold it for a few seconds and then slowly let it out. Don’t let it out so fast that your belly flops out. This is not good. Try to breathe like this whenever you think about it, about 50-60 times a day is ideal.
- Swimming is one of the best exercises for cardio fitness and it’s low to no impact on your joints, which is great for people who have osteoporosis or joint problems.
- Dance, dance, dance. There is nothing like some good music to lift your energy levels and get you moving. Turn on your favorite tunes and boogie away.
- If you have a job where you are sat down most of the day, make sure you stand up and stretch every half hour or so. Many of today’s jobs are in front of a computer where you will tend to hunch up and create neck and shoulder strain.
- Don’t follow the crowd. Find an exercise routine that suits you and your lifestyle. If you love the outdoors try running rather than joining the gym where you will be shut in. You need to find something you enjoy to keep your motivation high.
- If you are feeling particularly tired and your body tells you it has had enough, stop and take a break. If you continue to push yourself when you are exhausted you will only end up with an injury or become ill.
- Find yourself an exercise buddy. This could be a friend who wants to keep in shape or a work colleague who wants someone to partner up with after work for a walk or jog. By joining someone else you will feel responsible towards them and will be less likely to find an excuse not to exercise each day.
- Check your weight when you start exercising, but don’t use it as a guide to how much you are losing. By volume, muscle weighs more than fat so the pounds on the scales may not drop as quickly as you would like. Also your weight will fluctuate throughout the day dependent on your level of activity and what foods you have been eating.
- Don’t push yourself too much when you first start exercising or you may end up with injuries. Your bones, joints and ligaments have been in rest mode for a while and are not prepared for the force you are about to put on them. Build up slowly and steadily.
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