Losing weight, getting in shape and improving your health and fitness levels are all things that many of us would like to do. Unfortunately, it takes hard work, time and even money to do this. It needs commitment – it’s something that needs be done on a regular and consistent basis. Taking out a membership at a gym or health club, for example, requires a commitment of both money and time.
Gym or workout equipment
Monthly gym membership fees can be rather high, and finding enough time (and energy) for an hour-long session can be difficult after a tiring day at work. And that’s before you even take the fact that it takes a lot of physical effort into account. You’re going to get hot, sweaty and out of breath if you want to reap the benefits.
Mercifully, alternatives to the gym do exist. You could buy your exercise bike, treadmill or rowing machine and save time on gym visits of course. You will also avoid monthly fees – but the purchase price of whatever equipment you choose will need to be offset against any savings.
Whatever type of equipment you select, it will take up a fair bit of space in your house. Sadly you will still need to go through the whole hot and sweaty routine – albeit in the comfort of your home.
There is a relatively easy way to get in shape, lose weight and raise your overall health and fitness level.
The reason that it works – and works far better than you might imagine is because instead of asking you to do something new, unfamiliar and uncomfortable, it is based upon doing something that you already do every day – but doing it a little more. That’s a lot more palatable for most people.
What is walking?
Walking is an activity that the majority of us perform on a daily basis. The problem is that, in this modern world, we don’t do enough of it. There seems to be general agreement amongst health and fitness professionals that we should take 10,000 steps each day to achieve the many and varied health benefits offered by walking.
However, the average office worker might typically take between 2,000 and 3,000 steps each day.
What to do:
Leaving the car in the garage and walking to the shops, school or work is a good way to start. Or, if you do take the car, just park in a far corner of the lot so that you have a greater distance to walk to reach the entrance. If you use the bus or the subway, get off one or two stops before you reach your final destination and complete your journey on foot. Take a walk at lunchtime instead of eating a sandwich at your desk. Walkabout when you talk on your cell phone.
Take the stairs instead of using the elevator. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how quickly small changes like this start to produce results. You’ll also be pleasantly surprised at just how quickly you start to both see and feel a difference.
Getting a pedometer might prove to be useful. That will help you to keep track of your progress and will keep your motivation up.
You can even maximize the efficiency of your walking to lose weight workout schedule by wearing unique toning footwear – Sketchers Shape Ups, Reebok Easy Tones, and Fit flops sandals are the best-known brands on the market at the moment. They feature specially designed soles which make your lower body muscles perform a little extra work when you walk in them. Every little helps.
A Simple Weight Loss Plan
If you’re still unsure about what to eat and what to avoid, don’t worry you’re not alone. There is a little-known diet plan called the 2 Week Diet which will teach you these things. Getting that in check will increase your metabolism and allow you to shed weight and shed it fast.
Women who have followed the 2 Week Diet reported losing up to 20 pounds and 2-4 inches from their waist in just a matter of 2 weeks—the methods in the 2 Week Diet are all backed by science. Check out this video on the 2 Week Diet now to learn more about how to follow the diet—and get to your ideal weight in 14 days.