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We get you’re a busy bee! You have to juggle between work, hobbies, hubby, shopping, friends, me-time, maybe even babies. So, going to the gym every day and working out is completely out of the question. You want to have your dream figure - may be not "perfect", but definitely trimmer - but you just can’t figure out a way to make the time for it. Well, you’re in luck, because we have the solution for you. Here are our top hacks to slim down without going to the gym! Get that butt moving NOW.
You can’t just sit on the couch all day and expect to lose weight. You have to get up and push your body to do daily chores - and cleaning the house is one of them. It'll not just get help make your living space neater and tidier but also burn up loads of calories!
You don’t need to be in a gym to some basic exercises, ladies. Simple exercises like crunches, push-ups, leg lifts, skipping and even walking up the stairs are a good way to get that lose-weight-and-tone-up process started. And if you can manage an upgrade to these basics, give yoga and jogging a shot!
Believe it or not, but dancing can burn those extra calories in a jiffy. You don’t need to be MJ and pull off crazy moves. Just put on a catchy track, and dance like no one’s looking. Even 15 minutes of dancing a day is going to give your metabolism a definite boost and accelerate the fat-burning process. Also, it makes for a fab and enjoyable (no kidding!) cardio routine - so yay, fitness!
There’s a reason why breakfast, lunch and dinner are considered to be the three important meals of the day. Additional food intake in between contributes majorly to calories stacking up - unless you're on a mini-meals regimen. Watch what and how much you eat! Stick to healthy snacks instead of greasy ones. An ideal diet should contain loads of veggies, fruits, yoghurts and white meats that are high in protein and omega acids.
A lot of people eat dinner late in the evening, but that’s the WRONG way to go about it. Eating dinner late does not give your body the chance to digest the food and burn off calories before you head to bed. Your body processes the meal while you're lying in bed, with no energy being used, and converts calories to fat. Try eating dinner at around 7 or 8 p.m. - at least four hours before your bedtime - to give your system a chance to digest the food well.
If your destination point is close to your current one, skip the bus or car and try walking. You might be tempted to use transport, we know, but walking helps burn calories faster, improves blood circulation and keeps your body fit! And if it's too far to walk, try riding a bicycle - it's fun!
Sure, cakes, ice cream and chocolate bars are yum, but they also take a toll on your body in the long run. Once in a while, it’s good to treat yourself to these sugary treats, but not always! Seek solace in something that gets your blood pumping to lift your mood instead! (See point 3. :P)
Develop a taste for fruit. They not only make for healthy snacks but also contribute to nutrition and good health. Fruits, generally speaking, speed up metabolism, improve skin quality and complexion and are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. You can use them into salads, mix them with yoghurt for a natural and delicious dessert, get juicing for when you're craving a snack.
If you’ve had a really hectic week, you can choose to laze around the house - we get that you need to just vegetate for a while. But if that’s not the case, then get yourself involved in activities like sports, catching up with peeps or even taking the pooch out for a walk. The key here is to not stay idle. The worst thing you could do to yourself is to spend the day being lazy and then party it up at night. (We have a solution for that problem too!)
Nothing is achieved without goals. If you're serious about losing weight and slimming down, you need to start setting goals for yourself. Keep adding to the list after you’ve accomplished the current ones. Once you’ve mastered the art of doing this, start creating a strategy plan to help you achieve even more challenging fitness goals!
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