Many people believe that they have to exercise for an hour everyday, sweating profusely, and spending fistfuls of cash in order for the exercise to be beneficial. However, that is simply not true. There are plenty of low-tech alternatives that help you lose weight and stay healthy. Here are a few:
Skipping rope. It’s not just for kids and boxers in training any longer, and in terms of getting the cardiovascular system revving, this is one form of exercise that can’t be beat. This is one calorie burner that works every muscle, delivering a full-body workout that slims and tones.
Take your dog for long walks! In one study, people who walked their dog 20 minutes a day, five days a week lost a significant amount of body fat. Something about that companionship that sure beats walking on a treadmill! If you like dogs, consider adopting a homeless one.
Get enough sleep. Recent research found that sleep deprivation increases cravings and decreases the amount of leptin in your body – a hormone that helps burn more energy. So don’t skimp on sleep if you want to slim down!
Listen to music while you exercise. It makes the exercise routine less routine and keeps you going. It’s a distraction from the physical energy you are expending, so it doesn’t seem as though you are working as hard. The result: you stick with the exercise longer when the music is cranked up!
Invest in a gym ball. This provides a fun way to improve flexibility, balance, strength and tone. They also help you lose weight!
You don’t have to get fancy to exercise, and you certainly don’t have to join an expensive gym or spa to get the same benefits. Get a good night’s sleep, take your dog out, turn up the volume on your iPod, and get walking!