How to Lose Weight When You Are Lazy
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Nowadays, losing weight and getting fit now seems like a real struggle. You’re either fully living your fitness journey or you just can’t do it, right?
Wrong! We are so used to to seeing and reading about fit people’s journey and how dedicated they had to be to accomplish their physique. It all just seems so difficult to do, how on earth are we going to find the strength to do the same? But it doesn’t have to be like that at all.
Losing weight can be made without making huge sacrifices and losing yourself in the process. Start small, implement simple changes to your daily routine and you’ll start to see some progress.
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1. Prepare your gym clothes the night before
Have you heard of decision fatigue? Yes, there is such a thing. Decision fatigue happens to most of us humans before we even realise it. You see, it is believed that our brain has only a limited number of decisions it can make before the quality of said decisions starts to deteriorate.
By preparing your gym clothes the night before sets you up for a productive morning. This way, you don’t even think about what you need to put in your gym bag to leave the house and workout, instead you can just grab everything and go.
2. Workouts can be easy or short, but not both
By this I mean you can save time or you can save your energy, but if you try to save both you aren’t doing yourself any good. You can choose to go for a shorter and more intense workout or you can go for a longer lower intensity workout.
The first one makes sure you burn off enough calories in a short amount of time, so you can go on with your day. The last one takes a lot longer to burn off the same calories but doesn’t leave you as tired. Choose one or the other.
3. Commit to gym classes
Gym classes are a great way to get some short and intense workouts into your schedule. These are especially good when it comes to us lazy girls, since it can actually force you to follow through with a workout. Why? Well, as soon as you step into the class and find your spot along with all other members, you’re going to feel awful if you just suddenly leave halfway through.
Besides this, the teacher will ensure you’re doing the exercises the right way and not only pretending to do them. Above all, gym classes are incredibly fun.
4. Make exercise part of your social life
Working out on your own can be an enabler for not finishing your exercises. You’ll feel like no one can know if you don’t do that last set of crunches.
The way to fix this and prevent you from sabotaging yourself is to have a friend come with you to your workout sessions. This way you can help each other stay true to your training and eventually get healthier long term. At the same time, you’ll get fit together.
Walking is the easiest cardio workout you can do on a daily basis. Of course it doesn’t burn off as much calories as a HIIT workout, but it can be a simple way to get you moving.
Start taking daily walks around your block and you’ll feel a lot better. Try to increase your daily walks from a mere 20 or 30 minutes to 1 or 2 hours gradually. This, in turn, will make you begin to burn off enough calories to start seeing progress in your weight loss.
6. Eat the right foods, spend less time at the gym
Donuts can have from 175 to 500 calories per serving. Eating a simple donut can set you back 250 calories in under 5 minutes. It will take you about one hour to burn that off by walking. But above all, it’s not about the calories you consume, it’s the quality of those calories. Substitute junk food and processed food for fresh fruit and veggies. These foods are lower in calories and fill you up a lot more. This way you can reduce your time at the gym.
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7. Keep track of your goals
Journal your progress in a little book and keep updating it regularly. By keeping track of where you are and where you want to be, as time goes by you’ll notice changes a lot faster. This will, in turn, give you motivation to carry on with your journey. About 1 in 2 people who start a fitness journey give up within the first 6 months. This is extremely worrying to the ones who are starting now as it is predicting that half of them will fail.
Preventing this from happening to you can be as easy as keeping track of your goals. Set small milestones for yourself and tick them off as you accomplished each one. This will keep you on track and motivated to continue. To do this, try using a fitness planner like this one, it can really be the game changer you’ve been looking for.
8. Reward yourself
To make sure your body and mind knows you’re on the right path, keeping track of your progress isn’t enough. You must reward yourself for any major and minor accomplishments you’ve achieved. When you set the previously mentioned milestones and tick them off, reward yourself with a simple treat that makes you happy. This can be anything from a new pair of shoes, a trip to the salon, or even an ice cream cone.
Either way, what we’re trying to do is create a pattern for your brain to recognise that when you do the right things, good stuff happens. By educating your mind like this, a health journey won’t seem as difficult and you’ll have a much easier time moving forward.
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