Losing weight and then maintaining your newly svelte figure requires some physical exercise. However, if you are clever, you can use any opportunity to get in some exercise, rather than pouring all your energy into the daily 20- to 30-minute moderately vigorous aerobic workouts recommended by the Center for Disease Control. Combine some small, effortless exercises with a healthy diet to lose weight over time.
Choose to walk instead of drive whenever you can. Because you need to transport yourself somehow, walking can be a small, effortless exercise that will help you lose weight if you commit to it on a daily basis. You don't need to invest a lot of time -- the CDC also condones at least three 10-minute spurts of exercise a day in lieu of the longer workouts. Keep the walk brisk and pump your arms in order to burn more calories. If weather or time constraints don't allow for a walk outside, walk, jog or high-step on the spot for the same 10 minutes. Make it even more effortless by rounding up your girlfriends for a walk-and-squawk session. There's nothing like a good gab to make the time go by quickly, and at the end, you'll still have burned a few calories.
You use stairs all the time and probably don't even give them a second thought. According to the American Council on Exercise, stair-climbing is an effective way to improve cardiovascular health as well as providing a fat-burning workout. Start with climbing stairs a few minutes a day and work your way up to 15 minutes a day over time. It takes more effort to walk up and down the stairs than it does to walk, but considering that you don't need special equipment or gear it's a quick and uncomplicated exercise that will help you lose weight.
This small exercise to lose weight is as effortless as turning on your favorite dance tunes. Dancing around the living room for 10 to 15 minutes is a quick way to burn calories. You can get as crazy or as lyrical as you want; with no audience, it can be a free-for-all of cardio fun. If you want a little more structure,rent, buy or download dance videos that will take you through a quick warm-up before introducing you to the moves.
Walking, stair-climbing and dancing may be small exercises, but they're mighty when it comes to burning calories. For them to be effective, however, you must commit to performing at least one of them daily. It will take longer for the weight to fall off because you're not exerting as much effort as a full-blown exercise routine. Change your eating habits to include fresh fruits, vegetables and whole-grain breads and pasta, along with smaller portions of lean meats.
Linda Kaban is a certified yoga teacher and professional life coach who specializes in helping people achieve their fitness goals. With a bachelor's degree in the humanities, Kaban has been writing since 1998 and has been published in YOGALife magazine along with other healthy living publications.