TIP #70: Quit smoking. Smoking does not contribute to your weight exactly, but it does lead to erratic eating behaviors and increases caffeine dependence.
TIP #71: 10 minutes of cardio a day is good for most, you can get this by other methods than running.
TIP #72: If you can’t run for a physical reason, then try 15 minutes of brisk walking to keep fit.
TIP #73: You can walk anywhere if you have time. If work or the grocery store is not far away, consider walking there or riding a bike. It may take you longer, but you’re getting your workout in at the same time.
TIP #74: Hide the remote control from yourself. Remote controls are also evil when it comes to losing weight. If you didn’t have a remote, you may not even turn on the television, which means you might find more active things to do. Get up and change the channel if you don’t have a remote or go for a walk instead of watching TV.
TIP #75: Do your own fetching. If you need something from the kitchen, the TV channel changed, the mail or newspaper from the driveway, walk and get it yourself. Adding a little walking to your day will do wonders for you.
TIP #76: Walk along or climb the escalator with it or just take the stairs.
TIP #77: Walk around during commercial breaks or do simple exercises like crunches or bending over and touching your toes. Do anything to get your body moving more and to keep your blood pumping.
TIP #78: Turn on some music and dance. Again, the more you get moving the better you will feel and the more weight you will lose.
TIP #79: If you take public transportation, get off a block before your stop and walk the remainder of the way. This is a good way to squeeze in a walk before and after work or on the way to another destination.
TIP #80: Do pelvic gyrations to get your midsection in shape. Of course, you wouldn’t do these with anybody around, but they are a good step in getting your body prepared for more serious stomach crunches. It is also good on the back muscles and keeps you loose instead of tight.
TIP #81: Suck in your stomach when you walk. Walk properly, but do your best to keep that stomach tucked in. You will soon begin to feel those muscles tightening.
TIP #82: Do breathing exercises to tone your midsection. It is amazing how breathing properly and with your entire diaphragm can actually help to tighten your abdominal muscles. Most people breathe way too shallow as it is and oxygen is good for the brain.
TIP #83: Experiment with yoga. Yoga is a great way to lose weight and reduce your stress levels. Yoga teaches you how to control your muscles and gain more control of your individual muscles groups.
TIP #84: Lift weights. Strength training burns more fat than people give it credit. When you work on building muscle, they begin to burn fat to fuel muscles growth. Do be aware that when you gain muscle, your scale may not be an accurate tool in determining weight loss because muscle weighs more than fat.
TIP #85: Massage your partner. You can exert yourself a little bit and at the same time you will be able to complement them on the weight they have lost if they have been working out with you.
TIP #86: Take the stairs two at a time instead of one at a time. This causes you to have to exert yourself more and increases your heart rate.
TIP #87: Take your dog on a walk. Chances are that if you’re not getting enough exercise, neither is your pet. Or, let your dog take you on a walk. For once in his life, let him lead you where he wants to go and as fast as he wants to get there. It could be a good workout for the both of you.
TIP #88: Join a dancing class. This could be ballroom dancing where you learn dances like the tango, salsa or fox trot. These dances are fast paced and will get you moving. Even slow ballroom dancing is a lot of exercise and will definitely tone your legs. Or, you can take an aerobic dance class. How many dancers do you know that are overweight?
TIP #89: Lean against the wall so that your face is close and then use your hands to push your body away. Do this three or four times to stretch.
TIP #90: Swim whenever you can. Swimming is a great way to get your cardio exercise and it’s low to no impact on your joints, which is great for people who have osteoporosis or joint problems.
TIP #91: Try playing tennis or basketball. Playing games are a great way to get into shape. It’s also more fun to workout with someone else in a competitive atmosphere. You will be more driven to push yourself and you’ll burn more calories, just don’t overdo it.
TIP #92: Always start your workout with a warm up of about 5-10 minutes and end with a cool down of 5-10 minutes. Your body needs to reach a certain heart rate level before it will respond well to the rest of the workout.
TIP #93: Don’t carry your wireless phone or cell phone with you. If it rings, go walk for it. There are so many conveniences in life and we always have everything we need at our fingertips, but this is obviously bad for the waistline.
TIP #94: If you’re standing around, stretch your legs a bit by standing up on your toes and then gradually drop to your heels. You can also flex your buttock muscles as well, but maybe when nobody else is looking.
TIP #95: Before going to bed, undress and stare at yourself in front of the mirror. Take note of what areas you need to improve on and what areas are your best assets. Taking a self-inventory can keep you motivated in your workout endeavors. Also, don’t forget to complement yourself on any new muscle tone you may have or other improvements you’ve made.
TIP #96: Don’t slouch in your chair. Try to sit up straight and erect at all times. Slouching is bad for your back and gives you a flabby figure. Make it a point to always sit and stand with good posture.
TIP #97: Most people would like to target their stomachs and get rid of that area all together. Unfortunately, we can’t spot reduce. But, one thing you can do is a breathing exercise 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. This will help you to lose at least an inch within 20 days or so.