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Simple everyday stuff to do...we all know them; I just have to remind myself to DO them.
I use to hate to work out hence the extra pounds. My secret is to put yourself first and never say no. when your friends ask if you want to go for a walk whether you want to or not go. you will like yourself so much better when you are all done and the conversation with the girls is so worth it.
While watching the baseball game instead of sitting on the couch, I sit on an exercise ball or the floor and do crunches or other exercises. I can still see the game. So while my favorite team is playing, I am burning calories or strength training.
I love my stretchy bands and resistance tubing. I carry them in my big tote bag and use them when I have a few spare moments at work. I can easily do 10 - 15 minutes a couple of times a day. It's nice to be able to do at least some sort of exercise on a busy day.
Fitness, like finances allows everyone, not matter what shape they are in to exalt themselves to the position of expert. One thing that has really helped me was to quit being an expert, and submit to the plans and teaching of actual trainers. Especially ones that know what they are talking about!
When watching your favorite shows, instead of using the commercial time to grab a snack, use it to burn a few calories instead. Get down and do some crunches, push-up or raise your heart rate with some jumping jacks or butt kicks. Then, you won't feel guilty about watching a little TV.
Not only will abdominal exercises strengthen your bones and the muscles of the back, but they'll also strengthen your entire midsection - which takes weight and pressure off your back. So add crunches to your routine as well as leg lifts and bent-over back rows. (You: The Owner's Manual)