Finding the time to work out can be hard enough with busy schedules, dating, married life, kids…..but no matter the situation, time and comfort is of the essence.
So taking a 15-minute drive back and forth from the gym, while also assessing awkward shower rooms and encountering ogling strangers during your workout, can be a complete turn off. So why workout at the gym at all?
Simple things like sleep duration, drink intake, and meditation are all small but super beneficial tasks that have a cumulative effect. It leads to a healthier body and a healthier mind. You can get in shape at home, work every muscle and stretch every joint, and make progress without the gym.
Here are five simple tips to losing weight in the comfort of your home and get slim without the gym.
Water. Water. WATER!!
I know you might hear it all the time, but it’s your life line! Hydration keeps your body moving all the toxins and unwanted materials from floating around in your stomach, throat, and intestines. It expels it regularly and boosts your metabolism the more you drink it.
And the best part about water is that it’s easily accessible. So, if you’re only drinking two glasses a day, bump it up to four and then six and then eight! And before you know it, your body will be faster, stronger and you’ll have more energy!
Don’t Stay Up Past Your Bedtime!
We all love to stay up and watch a movie marathon or read that book that we can’t put down, but we have to wake up early most days. This is definitely not good for losing weight or even maintaining it! By doing this often, you are just stressing out your muscles and your brain, as it gives it less time to shift through the materials in your body for proper metabolic function. The side effects of not having proper sleep can result in fatigue, crankiness, aching pains, and a slower metabolism!
Simply setting a bedtime that allows you 8 or more hours of beauty rest can increase your metabolic processing rate and rejuvenate your body overnight. There is nothing but pros on this one, so, set that alarm and wake up feeling refreshed.
Stretch the Stress Away
A quick stretch can be a lot more useful and rejuvenating to the body than one might expect. Not only does stretching help prevent further injury during strenuous workouts or everyday activities, but it also awakens the body. It is the alarm to the nervous system that it needs to keep up the good work throughout the day, and generally restarts your system at maximum speed.
After a good stretch of the main muscles—in the torso, neck, abdomen, hamstrings, and biceps—you can feel your body charge up in energy as a quick spurt of endorphins flood through your blood stream.
So no matter if it’s just touching your toes or an entire stretch workout, you should get your stretch on multiple times a day.
Don’t Drink Your Calories
Beverages are one of the sneakiest culprits that mess up diet strategies and weight-loss plans. One can of a carbonated soda beverage can be up to 200 calories on average—that’s 10% of the calories you should be eating a day! So round that to two meals of soda and a grape juice breakfast and 25% of your daily caloric intake is gone! And to add insult to injury, most soda beverages incite cravings for other sweets and salty snacks because they have more than your daily intake of sugar. You’re already trying to eat less of those, so why tempt yourself further?
Try and substitute with water when you feel like a soda. Water is tasty, non-caloric, and everywhere! So you can drink as much as you want without any food guilt later. Flavor it up with fresh cut fruits or a squeeze of lemon.
Video Workouts at Home
Nowadays, everything can be accessed on the internet; and, many people, including personal trainers and fitness buffs, make a living teaching easy and effective fitness courses online. You can get some great free workouts without even entering the gym and you get a strenuous workout in the middle of your own home.
This also gives you flexibility. Want to lose weight dancing? Well, you can with a quick type on the YouTube search bar. You can even be more precise and specifically search for ballet workouts or salsa dancing workouts. You are in control of your workout destiny, so take the power into your hands! Hating the gym is now not a viable excuse!
Now that you’ve got these tips on your side, you can start a path to a healthier and slimming daily routine without even going to the gym. If you are slow, steady and consistent, you’ll be amazed at the results. And as you workout, your mind will be expanding with positive endorphins and chemicals. So, start your healthier lifestyle without the gym today! You’ll start feeling good as you get into the groove of your new routine, and your body will be thanking you for it by presenting you with stunning results.