48. People can expect to lose a lot more weight if they have a friend that will lose weight with you. Make weight loss a shared experience by exercising together. You can talk about the bad and celebrate the good as weight loss buddies. When you have to answer to another person, you are much less likely to slack off on your diet and workout routine.
49. Go backpacking. Carrying a heavy pack and walking around a lot will help you shed a lot of pounds.
50. Exercise at least 3 times per week. It can be any kind and at any time. Sure there are better times and better exercises for fat burning, but they all beat sitting on the couch. Strength training or aerobic exercise is easy to add into your daily activities regardless of how busy of a schedule you may have. Use the counter in your kitchen to do dips or pushups.
51. If you can’t run, start slow by walking for 9 minutes and jog for 1 minute. Do that a couple of times and then slowly exchange the minutes walking for minutes running.
52. Get an active dog! They will force you to get outside every day, and they make the best exercise companions.
53. Make friends (if you haven’t already) with very physically active people. If you have very active friends, you will be exercising without even noticing it because you will be having fun with friends.
54. Try taking a walk prior to eating dinner. If you do this, you will burn some extra calories right before dinner. You will also notice that you will feel full, even though you eat less.
55. Set yourself a schedule that works for you. If working out in the morning before work is your best option, do that. If working out in the evening after work is best, workout then. Make it your goal to follow through with consistency, and soon your weight loss will be real.
56. Remember that when you’re doing cardio exercise, you want to burn as many calories as you can for the entire length of time you are working out. This is usually accomplished by working at your maximum level of intensity for as long as you can, not counting the warm up and cool down periods. However, if you are just beginning or resuming your workout routine, you’ll need to take it easier than someone who is already in decent shape and can withstand higher intensity workouts. As you get stronger and build stamina, you should be able to gradually boost the level of intensity that you can withstand comfortably and safely.
57. Stay active beyond your workouts. A daily workout will undoubtedly provide some great health benefits and make weight loss easier – but if that’s all the physical activity you get each day, you are limiting your progress. Instead, do what you can to be more active all day long. Take walks with your children, pets, spouse, friends, or co-workers. Keep a set of light dumbbells in your office and do a few short reps during breaks. Clean and organize your garage and basement on the weekends. Every bit of physical activity adds up and improves your fitness level.
58. Buy a pedometer and try to get 10,000 steps per day in. That’s about 5 miles +/- depending on your stride length.
59. Walk everywhere – walk or bike ride that short distance instead of driving.
60. Replace your least favorite TV show with mild exercises for 30 or so minutes.
61. Do squats while brushing the back sides of your teeth and calf rises while brushing the fronts. Then you get in at least some exercise and also brush long enough.
62. Piece your workout together. You don’t need to get all your exercise at one time. Ten minutes morning, noon, and night can give much of the same benefit as 30 minutes all at once.
63. Hunt for the farthest parking space. If you drive to work or to run errands, purposefully park your car a little farther from your office or the store. It may not seem like much, but over weeks and months, these minutes of exercise add up.