Losing weight can be seem like a tough thing to do for many people. Besides overcoming our addictions to particular foods and our habit of overeating, there are other things we can do to lose weight and keep it off.
Exercise is an important aspect to any weight loss plan and should be included too. This is usually the area that many people want to try to avoid, but fortunately (yes fortunately) exercise is an important part of being healthy and slim. It can be absolutely wonderful getting active. Exercise doesn’t just mean going to the gym, exercise is any activity really. If the word exercise makes you feel uncomfortable use a different word such as movement or activity. The best way to tackle this part of your regime is to do things you enjoy. I enjoy dancing with my 2 year old, chasing him around the garden and also I love going on a trampoline – it’s fun! I also love to run, go on long walks and I love going on family bike rides. These are all things that keep me into shape. I also love to climb and this is a great activity to incorporate strength training in without having to go to the gym and lift weights.
Take things slow and pick things you enjoy. If you are really uncomfortable with movement start slow. Spend every Sunday going for a long walk with the family, then do move twice a week and then 3 times and so forth until you have picked it up to every day. Movement can mean a lot of things though so don’t feel limited to things you just don’t want to do or do not like. You could also take a different class each week – try out a dance class or a yoga class. Changing what you do each week or every few months will help you find it more enjoyable and also help you find something you want to stick with.
Besides these obvious two, it is also important to make sure you get plenty of sleep so that you can feel your best. If you are tired you are more likely to search out comfort and this could be in food.
Also make sure you get at least twenty minutes of sun on as much of your body as possible and plenty of fresh air. These factors will all improve your health.
Lastly if you really can’t handle changing your diet alone and making a plan, there are many healthy weight loss diets out there that will give you a plan so you don’t have to work on it yourself. There are even diet delivery programs for those who want someone to cater to them at first while they adjust to a new lifestyle. These can be super handy when you are first starting out and have a hectic life.