EXERCISING TO LOSE WEIGHT- PART 2

TIP #81: Suck in your stomach when you walk. Walk properly, but do your best to keep that stomach tucked in. You will soon begin to feel those muscles tightening.

TIP #82: Do breathing exercises to tone yourmidsection. It is amazing how breathing properly and with your entire diaphragm can actually help to tighten your abdominal muscles. Most people breathe way too shallow as it is and oxygen is good for the brain.

TIP #83: Experiment with yoga. Yoga is a great way to lose weight and reduce your stress levels. Yoga teaches you how to control your muscles and gain more control of your individual muscles groups.

TIP #84: Lift weights. Strength training burns more fat than people give it credit. When you work on building muscle, theybegin to burn fat to fuel muscles growth. Do be aware that when you gain muscle, your scale may not be an accurate tool in determining weight loss because muscle weighs more than fat.

TIP #85: Massage your partner. You can exert yourself a little bit and at the same time you will be able to complement them on the weight they have lost if they have been working out with you.

TIP #86: Take the stairs two at a time instead of one at a time. This causes you to have to exert yourself more and increases your heart rate.

TIP #87: Take your dog on a walk. Chances are that if you’re not getting enough exercise, neither is your pet. Or, let your dog take you on a walk. For once in his life, let him lead you where he wants to go and as fast as he wants to get there. It could be a good workout for the both of you.

TIP #88: Join a dancing class. This could be ballroom dancing where you learn dances like the tango, salsa or fox trot. These dances are fast paced and will get you moving. Even slow ballroom dancing is a lot of exercise and will definitely tone your legs. Or, you can take an aerobic dance class. How many dancers do you know that are overweight?

TIP #89: Lean against the wall so that your face is close and then use your hands to push your body away. Do this three or four times to stretch.

TIP #90: Swim whenever you can. Swimming is a great way to get your cardio exercise and it’s low to no impact on your joints, which is great for people who have osteoporosis or joint problems.

TIP #91: Try playing tennis or basketball. Playing games are a great way to get into shape. It’s also more fun to workout with someone else in a competitive atmosphere. You will be more driven to push yourself and you’ll burn more calories, just don’t overdo it.

TIP #92: Always start your workout with a warm up of about 5-10 minutes and end with a cool down of 5-10 minutes. Your body needs to reach a certain heart rate level before it will respond well to the rest of the workout.

TIP #93: Don’t carry your wireless phone or cellphone with you. If it rings, go walk for it. There are so many conveniences in life and we always have everything we need at our fingertips, but thisis obviously bad for the waistline.

TIP #94: If you’re standing around, stretch yourlegs a bit by standing up on your toes and then gradually drop to your heals. You can also flex your buttock muscles as well, but maybe when nobody else is looking.

TIP #95: Before going to bed, undress and stare at yourself in front of the mirror. Take note of what areas you need to improve on and what areas are your best assets. Taking a self-inventory can keep you motivated in your workout endeavors. Also, don’t forget to complement yourself on any new muscle tone you may have or other improvements you’ve made.

TIP #96: Don’t slouch in your chair. Try to sit up straight and erect at all times. Slouching is bad for your back and gives you a flabby figure. Make it a point to always sit and stand with good posture.

TIP #97: Most people would like to target their stomachs and get rid of that area all together. Unfortunately, we can’t spotreduce. But, one thing you can do is a breathing exercise to help tighten those stomach muscles. Breathe in air as strong as you can and tuck your stomach at the same time as much as you can. Hold it for a few econds and then slowly let it out. Don’t let it out so fast that your belly flops out. This is not good. Try to breathe like this whenever you think about it, about 50-60 times a day is ideal. This will help you to lose at least an inch within 20 days or so.

TIP #98: Use a chart, such as the one below to assist you in your weight loss endeavors. This chart shows you how many calories each of these common exercises burn, based on 20 minutes.

Exercise Calories Burned
Aerobics 200-250
Stationary Bicycling 250-300
Actual Bicycling 300-400
Running at 5-6 mph 300-350
Stairclimber 200-250
Swimming Laps 350
Brisk Walking 150-180
Weeding and Cultivating Your Garden 130-200
Sex (Yes, sex can be exercise too) 50-60
Basketball – shooting baskets to playing a
game
130-250
Golf – carrying clubs, no cart 166
Golf – carrying clubs, based on 2 hours of play instead of 20 minutes 1000
Snorkeling 150-200
Water Skiing 180-200
Ice Skating – general 200-250
Cross Country Skiing, 2.5 mph, light effort 200-250
General Skiing 200-250
Scuba Diving 200-250
Whitewater rafting, kayaking or canoeing 150-200
Flag or Touch Football 250-300
Horseback Riding – Trotting 200-250
Martial Arts 300-350
Racquetball 200-250
Volleyball – 6 to 9 person team 90-120
Volleyball – Beach 25-300
Tennis – singles 250-300
Tai Chi 120-180

*Your results will depend on how much you currently weigh as well. If you’re looking for an accurate calculation based on your body weight and details of the exercise you are performing go to iVillage.com at http://dftools.ivillage.com/healthtools/calc_cb.cfm.

From this chart you can see that walking isa great way to get exercise. If you’re too busy to do any of the other exercises, a good walk is a good start.

TIP #99: Don’t discourage yourself from exercising and eating right by wearing clothes that don’t fit. If you’re a medium, wear a medium. Wearing the wrong types of clothes can make you appear largerthan you really are. This includes workout wear as well. If you wear clothes that fit now, you get to go shopping later for smaller clothes and you can sell your slightly worn larger clothes in a consignment shop or you can take them to Goodwill to be given to someone who can use them.

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