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If you ever find yourself in front of the refrigerator, maybe for the 10th time in an hour, it becomes clear that you are eating out of boredom. So I started making myself do 10 pushups (can replace with situps, crunches, jumping jacks, anything really) whenever I found myself pointlessly rummaging through the fridge. It was either A) Don't go to the fridge or B) Do 10 pushups - both outcomes helped me to lose weight!
I have moved my lap top to a lower level in my room so I sit on the floor. While I wait for pages to load I do crunches or planks just to do something productive.
Crank out 100 crunches, easily
Crank out 100 crunches easily by doing what are called pyramid crunches.
- First do 25 (pause)
- Then 20 (pause)
- Then 15 (pause)
- Another 15 (pause)
- Then 10 (pause)
- Then 5 (pause)
- Then 4, followed by 3, then 2, then 1
Done! That's 100 crunches (check my math). You'll see that because the count decreases with each set, it's not as daunting as doing 100 straight, yet you still get the same benefit. Try it!
For a better crunch try holding in your stomach during the duration of your set. It will give you a better form and you will feel the crunch working your abdominal muscles!
I've started doing crunches and I did 20 today I'm so proud and am going to try and add 5 on each time.
The Guiltless Couch Potato
When watching your favorite shows, instead of using the commercial time to grab a snack, use it to burn a few calories instead. Get down and do some crunches, push-up or raise your heart rate with some jumping jacks or butt kicks. Then, you won't feel guilty about watching a little TV.
Work for a treat
If I want to eat when I am watching tv or want a special treat still within my calorie range or close to being out of it, I make myself do 25 crunches before I have it. That way I don't feel so bad about my treats.