If you are trying to lose weight but are too lazy to hit the gym or go on a strict diet plan, you may want to stick around to the end.
While the gym may be the perfect environment to work on your body, it’s certainly not the only option to get in shape.
Instead of going to the gym to improve your fitness, try to change your lifestyle and be more active whenever you can.
Increasing your physical activity every day can have a huge impact on your fitness.
Get more sleep
Your phone can be very distracting if you want to sleep. As much as you might try to wake up early and workout, having that phone in your hand till late at night is dangerous to your health.
The blue light emitted by the cellphones restrains the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep cycle. This makes it difficult for you to sleep and wake up the next day.
And a lack of sleep can cause hormonal imbalances, making you feel hungry even when you don’t need to eat.
Don’t set unrealistic goals
Setting healthy, non-weight-fitness goals begins with finding the types of physical activity that serve you and bring you pleasure.
When you set high, unattainable goals, it demotivates you. Start small and progress as each session becomes easier for you.
Motivation is a result of small victories that slowly fuel your success. It is not a requirement for success itself. It only comes when you start noticing success in small ways.
Take selfies seriously
These photographs of fitness selfies give you a better idea of your fitness journey than taking a measurement of yourself with a tape to see how much weight or inches you have lost or how you look after your workout.
Seeing these photos or even videos helps you stay more committed to your workouts than Netflixing.
Change your lifestyle
Notice how changing one thing can have multiple benefits. You may have noticed that your 15 minutes of workout have reduced your stress level, fatigue, and migraine pain is gone.
Maybe you stopped eating saturated fat desserts, and now you’ve stopped craving fried food, bloating in your belly is smaller, and your digestion is faster.
You fit into your jeans now because you have reduced some of the body fat, and you feel more energized and happier than ever.
Drink green tea instead of coffee
Drinking green tea has really changed my fitness routine for the best.
Several studies have shown that the huge amount of antioxidants in green tea helps burn fat and increase metabolism. Also, it contains fewer calories.
Right after breakfast and lunch are a good time to drink it as your metabolism is at its peak. Green tea makes you lose weight faster because it helps you digest better.
Watch fitness videos
Make sure you watch many fitness videos every day or save the ones you really like to a playlist either on Instagram or on Youtube.
Sometimes when I watch a fitness video before I go to bed, I get very excited to jump out of my bed and head straight to complete my workout first thing in the morning.
Listen to music
Music is amazing. It distracts you from any kind of pain, and it elevates your mood. It increases your endurance and your efficiency to maximize performance.
Studies have shown that listening to music with specific beats increases the electrical activities in the region of your brain that is responsible for promoting movement.
Drink more water
When you are dehydrated, your body produces more cortisone, the stress hormone. This affects your motivation to exercise, how you cook at home, and even how you make food choices.
Sometimes when you are hungry, your first impulse is to find food. Thirst can also be mistaken for hunger in your brain. You can decrease your appetite by drinking more water.
Have fun dancing
Yes, you can have fun and lose weight at the same time. If you spend your Friday nights dancing with your friends, don’t stop.
Besides burning a lot of calories, dancing can also increase muscle strength. Building lean muscle mass can help you burn fat and tone your muscles.
And when you enjoy doing something, you’re more likely to keep doing it. This is why dancing can be a great way to lose weight without getting bored of exercising.
Cut sugar intake
You have to be careful when it comes to sugar. Trust me; this is literally the fastest way to lose weight.
The first realization is that 90% of everything you eat contains sugar which increases your sugar intake and that little monster silently contributes to your weight gain.
Eating sugar in its natural form is still okay as opposed to refined sugar, which is downright bad for your health.
Your fitness and well-being are not just about your weight. Rather, it is about your mindset.
How you think can improve your mental health, your physical flexibility and strength, plus you develop more endurance.