Sometimes all I have to use is the car, so I have a few cardio and strength training moves I'll do
I'm a big video game and table top gamer. To help keep me motivated I treat Spark People like a video game. Every calorie tracked, point wheel spun and exercise minute gained is leading me towards leveling up (by watching my waist go down).
1)Eat within 20 minutes after waking up.
I made a mix of music that helps with putting intervals in my walk. I pick music that I like with the pace in mind. I start out with a couple of songs that have a beat that matches my warm up speed, then up the pace a bit until I'm at my target walking speed. For the rest of the workout, I vary the pace from song to song and by matching my pace to the beat, instant intervals! When I get tired of the selection, I just make a different mix. Works for walking, running biking etc. Enjoy!
That is all it takes to make a difference. If you carve out 20 minutes a day to do cardio (and don't phone it in) you will see a difference very quickly in your body. I used to moan for 20 minutes to an hour about how I didn't want to take the time away from my favorite show, or book to go work out. But by the time I got done whining, I had wasted more time. 20 minutes on a bike or elliptical doing interval training had me losing weight and inches, quickly!
When I first started exercising, I could only do a few minutes on the elliptical or treadmill. I made it a personal goal that each time I went on, I would go just one minute longer than the next time. Pretty soon, I was able to do 20-30 minutes!
I have learned the lesson on how to break the routine and lose the weight in other word the infamous plateau.
Playing with the kids is a fun family activity, which is not only good for bonding, but it's exercise, too! SparkPeople has all sorts of activities listed for you to log, including the general "Playing with the Kids" activity. Go play as your cardio!
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It takes about 30 minutes a day for three months, but when you're done you'll be in super shape and you will probably have lost pounds of fat that stays off.
I have read many times to make goals, and I thought "I'll be ok without it." I began the 5K Your Way, with the intention of having a 16 minute mile by the end, and I have stuck with my program! Having a very specific goal as opposed to simply cardio 3 days a week has been very helpful!
I prefer to work out in the mornings, but that's also when I prefer to have my quiet times, since the kids aren't up yet. Here's a way to combine the two: LISTEN to scripture while working out. I play the audio files on my iPhone while I'm on the Elliptical, praying before/after while stretching/cooling down. This gives me the spiritual and physical charges I need each morning. No matter what the day holds, I know that I started it out right!
My chiropractor just gave me an awesome workout for ab muscles that I'd never have thought to try: she told me to set the treadmill to about a 15% incline, get on it facing "the wrong way" (ie, not towards the control panel), and start it moving at a slow speed, increasing gradually, and walk uphill BACKWARDS. This works abs and front-of-body stability muscles. It is SO FUN and really amusing to do while everyone else is using their treadmills the conventional way!