Small Steps Toward Big Weight Loss Goals

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Small Steps Toward Big Weight Loss Goals


iStock_000010453078SmallAt times, your weight loss goals can seem impossible. We tend to set one large goal for ourselves, and despair when we don’t reach it quickly. That mode of thinking can make it difficult for us to find time to exercise, because we’re stuck in the mindset that we have to accomplish a large task all at once, or we might as well not even bother trying. This can lead to thoughts like, “I don’t have time to exercise properly, so why bother?”

The truth is, we all have time to exercise, even if we just squeeze in 15 minutes here and there. If you get your heart pumping and boost your metabolism, you’ll be making small steps toward your bigger weight loss goal. Fit these simple 15-minute workouts into your daily routine, and you’ll be looking and feeling better in no time.

Go for a walk. Keep a pair of running shoes in your car or office, and go for a walk on your lunch break, or before or after work. Alternate your walking speed so that you’re at maximum speed for one to two minutes, and moderate speed for one to two minutes. Work your way up to alternating jogging and walking.

Take the stairs. If you have even a few minutes to spare, pick a flight of stairs in your office building and hike up and down them. This tones your butt and leg muscles, and gets your heart rate up too.

Tone up on your break. When you have a break between work tasks, do a few pushups with your feet on the floor and hands on your desk. Remember to use correct form and keep your back straight. When you can easily do three sets of fifteen pushups, try moving to the floor for a more challenging workout.

Get a jump start on your day. Store a jump rope in your office, or keep one handy on a hook by your front door at home. When you get a few free minutes, cram in a quick cardio workout. To make it more fun, practice jumping on one foot, skipping, or criss-crossing the rope like you did in fifth grade. When a workout is fun, you’re more likely to stick with it!

Just a reminder: As always, consult your physician before starting any weight loss or exercise plan.