Biggest Obstacle: Staying motivated
- Wake up 15 minutes early to squeeze in a mini strength session. Since there are usually fewer conflicts at 6 a.m. than there are at 6 p.m., morning exercisers tend to stick to their routines better than people who work out later in the day.
- Make the most out of equipment you have access to. In the mood for a new look? Redecorate your home. Moving your furniture around for 15 minutes burns 101 calories.*
- Change into your workout wear immediately when you get home. That way you won't be tempted to just laze around on the couch.
Biggest Obstacle: Inconsistency and boredom
- Try new activities such as yoga and Spinning to add variety to your workouts. Don’t belong to a gym? You can do these yoga moves at home.
- Find group classes that are convenient for you.
- Do activities you actually enjoy. One hour of shopping burns 146 calories*!
Biggest Obstacle: Travel
- If you have a choice of hotels, book those with good gyms or near outdoor recreation areas. If you'll be stuck in your room, pack a lightweight resistance band or tube to do strength moves.
- Instead of hopping on the elevator to get to your hotel room, take the stairs. Walking up stairs for five minutes burns 41 calories*.
- If you don't feel like exercising, plan an easy workout for the minimum time.
Biggest Obstacle: Finding gym time
- Get a workout buddy. Research shows that when dieters embark on a healthy eating program with a friend, they're more likely to stick with it.
- Take it outdoors. 30 minutes of the following activities will have you burning calories* and having a good time:
- Bicycling (mountain): 259 calories
- Backpacking: 215 calories
- Rock Climbing: 336 calories
- Schedule the majority of your workouts for Monday through Friday. That way you’ll have 10 opportunities to exercise between Monday and Friday. If you miss a workout you can make it up on either Saturday or Sunday since you don’t already have a workout scheduled.
* Calorie information found using the Calories Burned Calculator at HealthStatus.com and were calculated based on a person weighing 135 lbs. Care has been taken to make sure the calculators and tools are generating correct results, but no guarantee is made that the results are accurate. The health tools use professionally accepted and peer reviewed algorithms to calculate their results or simple mathematical equations.