Lazy girl's get-fit guide
Are you a girl who would much rather watch people work out than actually do it? Who drives the mile to the store instead of walking it? Who'd rather take a nap on the couch then get outside and be active? Trust me, I get it --- I'm a lazy girl too. However, you don't have to become a crazy runner or workout fiend to get in shape. Check out this lazy girl's guide to getting fit without spending too much time in the fitness department.
The key to any fitness regime is to set attainable goals and make time to work out. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can help you tone up your tummy and add years on your life. So lazy girls, it's time to get up and work out -- but don't worry, you can still watch your favorite shows while you do it!
If you're new to working out (or just don't like it) you need to set some attainable and realistic goals for your new workout regime. Forget the "lose 20 pounds in a month" mentality and stick to goals you know you can accomplish. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that adult women ages 18-64 should aim for 150 minutes of moderate exercise (walking) a week, as well as at least two days of weight training.
That may seem like a lot at once, so try breaking it down: 150 minutes a week breaks down to about 21 minutes a day. For many of us, that's as simple as a walk around our neighborhood with our dog. If 21 minutes all at once is tough, break it down into 10-minute increments. Do 10 minutes of walking in the morning and 10 minutes a night. The key to success for any workout is finding an exercise that fits into your schedule. Plus, once you start, you can set up goals that will push yourself a little further. Try running five of the 21 minutes, then move up to seven minutes, then 10. You'll soon be running and exercising even more than the minimal recommended amount.
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You can set goals until you're blue in the face, but if you don't find time to work out or bring them to fruition, you're sort of wasting your time. The truth is, anyone can find time to exercise, even with families, full-time jobs and responsibilities. Fitness expert David Kirsch, who trains stars like Anne Hathaway, states that even 10 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise is better than nothing. So even if you don't have an hour to set aside for the gym, aim to get at least 20 minutes of exercise. If you don't have time to leave your house, pop in a quick workout DVD (like this one from Jillian Michaels) for a high-intensity, fat-burning workout. Plus, you don't even have to leave your house and can work out without shoes on.
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Make workouts fun
As a certified lazy girl myself, if I'm bored with my workout, there's a bigger chance I'm not going to do it. If you bore easily, 20 minutes on the treadmill can seem like a lifetime. Instead, add some variety to your fitness regime and make your workouts something you actually want to do! If you're not a fan of the elliptical or treadmill, try a workout class like Zumba, Body Pump or spinning. Not only are these high impact, they are fun to do! If you're not ready for a class, set up walking dates with your girlfriends. Walk around your neighborhood, their neighborhood or a local trail. This way, you can work out and catch up with your friends at the same time.
You can still be lazy and work out with this easy guide!