In an age when people over 70 are doing things like swimming, hiking, and yoga, there's no reason why women in their 20s and 30s should resort to getting "snatched" to have an hourglass shape. While a small waistline has many benefits, surgical procedures don't last forever and if a person's cutting corners, it can be dangerous as hell.
Instead of uploading some gross images and being negative, I'd like to share some methods that are better than nothing. That's right, the minimum exercise that most people need for weight loss is 150 minutes a week, according to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. While 30 minutes a day, five days week is recommended, how you break it up shouldn't affect your obligations.
Most people, including yours truly, will admit that it takes a minute to find a groove that suits them. The most important thing is to not give up if it can be prevented. Life happens and it's the small stuff that can lead the average individual to fall off the wagon completely.
Money is another issue. As most people are turning to the freelance lifestyle, joining that expensive gym is becoming a thing of the past. However, many will say that the cheap-to-average gyms are seldom worth the money. Long lines, rude people, and most of the time, that cleaning solution is mostly water. Take that $10 a month and splurge at your local farmer's market.
So here are some ways I've come up with to workout without too much stress or money spent.
- Resistance bands - I just got one last week from Target for about $8 (tax included). Had a set but I wanted a circular one for more variety. These are portable, come in different resistance levels, and do not require a lot of jumping around.
- Walking around the mall an hour or so before they open - Don't get me wrong, I like walking in the park or doing marathon shopping but sometimes the latter is the safest (even if it does leave you in debt for that moment). The reason is that some parks aren't safe and crowds can be distracting. If you can choose a mall that's either very large or is no longer as popular, with taking stairs, anyone can burn at least 500 calories in less than 30 minutes.
- Housework - Not popular but necessary, as it serves a dual purpose. If you don't remember the last time you wiped down surfaces in the living room or bathroom, chances are strong that your house is in need of serious cleaning. However, the work is not in the task itself but how long it takes. If it takes more than 20 minutes to clean a bathroom where the tub is only a few inches from the sink or toilet, then you're likely taking too long. Speed not only burns more calories but gets the task out of the way faster.