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Best exercises for cardio!

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There are some exercises that are better than others, this doesn´t mean that some exercises are bad, what I mean is that we all enjoy some exercises more than others, some of us may love running or jogging whether is on the treadmill on in the park while some may hate it. Some of us love HIIT while for others it represent a huge risk of injury or they can´t do it for health reasons. We all need to find the best cardio exercise for us.

We´re all looking for easy options that doesn´t require a lot of effort and discipline from our part but that give us great results. Unfortunately this is not possible. Whether your goal is to lose weight, keep it off or maintain optimal health, exercise is a priority and one of those types of exercise is cardio.

I´ve mentioned in other posts that we need to find ways to increase physical activity throughout the day, for this the best option is walk, we can all go for a short walk every couple hours but the days when we schedule time for cardio exercise you want to make sure the time you spend gives you the best results.

There are huge differences between steady state and HIIT cardio so first you need to decide what option is best for you or if you can and want to do both then go ahead. For steady state cardio I don´t recommend doing 45 to 60 minutes all in one session, I prefer to divide those 45 minutes into three 15 minutes and go for a walk. This is a way for me to add physical activity throughout the day and you get more benefits if you can walk outside and get sunlight. For HIIT I´ll do 10 to 15 minutes of sprints and some burpees, for sprints you have different options, you can sprint for 8 to 10 seconds and rest for 1 or 2 minutes, you can do 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest, you can do 30 seconds of work followed by 30 seconds of rest. Find out what works for and what you prefer, keep in mind that you need to make each interval as intense as you can.

Here´s a short list of what I consider to be the best exercises:

1.- Sprints.- Sprints are a great option for HIIT, it helps you burn fat and helps you maintain a lean physique, the reason why I love sprints is they improves your health and fitness in general.

2.- Burpees.- Burpees work so many different muscles at the same time and keep your heart rate up which helps you burn fat and look toned. They improve physical skills and performance, improve strength while burning some calories.

3.- Box jump or jump squats.- Box jumps work your lower body, you need power and strength and this helps you improve performance and speed. They also increase your heart rate.

4.- Jump rope.- Jumping rope is a great way to improve coordination and keep your bones stronger which reduce the risk of injuries and strength as we grow older.

If you´re starting on fitness then you don´t want to go hard on any exercise so you can start with short walks, once you´ve lost some weight and your health starts to improve you can try jump rope or any other exercise but before doing any of this make sure you talk with your doctor or health care practitioner and also make sure you avoid injuries.

Those 4 exercises are on top of my list because most of us can do them almost everywhere but there are more exercises like swimming, cycling, etc; that are great options too.

To maintain a lean physique and optimal health I choose HIIT as the best option for a cardio workout also considering that I try to go for short walks throughout the day. This is what works for me but remember that exercise needs to be a habit so you need to find exercises you like and enjoy doing so that you can stick to them, you also need to consider that most of us get bored after doing the same thing over and over and your body adapts so you need to have 2 or 3 different options so that you can keep changing them and also increase the intensity and make it a challenge.

Maintaining optimal health and a healthy weight is a priority and exercise plays a huge role on making that possible. Let us know by leaving a comment below and on Twitter which cardio exercises are the ones you enjoy more.

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How to develop the right mindset to exercise

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It´s hard to get up and exercise when you feel tired and your body hurts, and it´s harder when your mindset plays all kind of tricks to avoid all challenges, but getting up and exercise is key, is so important to lose weight, to keep it off and maintain optimal health.

In most cases what´s holding you back is your mindset and this is why you need to train your mindset the right way. A strong mindset will keep you going even when everything seems falling apart.

You need to start by realizing that if you are here, on this website is because you ae struggling with your weight and you want to make a change, you want to lose weight and improve your health so that you can live the life you deserve.

It´s really easy to set a goal and get excited at the beginning but maintaining that excitement and motivation when the journey gets hard is the difficult part, that´s when most people give up, but you won´t. You will continue and you´ll get through those hard times.

Our minds are designed to work on targets, on projects you always need to have a goal, a project or something you want to achieve, a purpose. You are here for a reason, for a purpose and that´s what keeps us going. The moment you lose sight of that project, goal or purpose you´re done. Most of us have dreams and would like to live a certain way but to live that incredible life you need to make health a priority.

You are capable of achieving whatever you want, you got everything you need physically and mentally you just need to get stronger, both physically and mentally and developing a strong mindset is harder. Once you get your mind right everything follows.

For anything you want to achieve there are some sacrifices you need to make and the journey is hard, there will be great days and there will also be hard and tough days, what will keep you going and get pass through those hard days is having a clear goal, seeing clearly your project fulfilled and the result you want to achieve, believing in yourself and knowing that you need to keep going to get that result you want.

Also there´s something you need to give in, something you need to lose for something much better to come. In this case your goal is to lose weight, keep it off and improve your health for this the sacrifices are time and effort, doing resistance training 4 or 5 days a week and being more active every day. The workouts are not complicated but they are hard, you need to challenge yourself to feel that pain and that challenge so that your body changes. You also need to eat healthy nutritious foods and avoid unhealthy, highly processed foods full of unhealthy oils and sugars. This is what you need to sacrifice for a better life.

Realize that there are no quick fixes, it´s a long and hard journey with sacrifices, there´s a price you need to pay but if you stick to the plan, if you are consistent eventually you´ll get to that result you´ve been working for and that´s when you´ll feel proud of what you´ve accomplished and all the work you put it, you earn that success.

You need to know and realize that things are going to be tough, that you need to push yourself and work as hard as you can for as long as you need before getting to the gym or before starting your workout, you get in that mental state of knowing that you have a plan and you´ll do whatever it takes to achieve your goal. You know that you´ll feel tired, your muscles will burn and you keep going until you´re done with what you had planned.

When you go to the gym or you are getting ready for your exercise routine you need to focus on your goal, what you want to achieve, how you want to look like and keep that image of you being successful in your mind. Think about the reason why you are exercising and make sure that all the mental images and self-talk is positive. You go to the gym and exercise because you love your body, you love how you feel, you love how exercise makes you feel. You feel strong and confident and you feel a sense of accomplishment after exercising. So when you arrive to the gym and start working out you give your all.

There´s a lot of things going on and that we need to talk about when it comes to developing the right mindset, not only to get up and exercise but to be successful in life and we´ll be sharing with you more information.

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Do you really need resistance exercise?

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If you´ve tried to lose weight before I´m sure you´ve looked for programs or advice to find out the best way to do it and most of the focus on cardio so you started exercising doing some form of cardio like walking, running, aerobics and even when doing physical activity every day is key you do need to add some resistance exercises.

I know you don´t want to lift weight or do any type of resistance exercises because you don´t want to get huge, you don´t want to get big muscles and look like bodybuilder. I promise that this won´t happen, there are so many points that need to be working together in order to get a huge amount of muscle mass and you´ll get to a limit if you do it natural. You get to a point where you need drugs and steroids which I don´t recommend.

On the post about the benefits of resistance exercise we talked about why they are important (click here to read that post). There are 2 reasons why you need resistance exercises and those reasons are:

1.- Maintain muscle mass

2.- Maintaining strength

These 2 reasons are related, when you do resistance exercises the goal is to improve your strength, to get stronger so that you send the right signal and stimuli to your body to maintain muscle mass. Being strong and having enough lean muscle mass is key to maintain optimal health and reduce the risk of injuries. As we get older we start losing muscle mass and strength so you need to make sure that you stay strong and maintain as much muscle mass as possible (you don´t need to get big) so that you reduce the risk of injuries by maintaining healthy muscle tissue and joints.

Strength has also been related to longevity, there are anti-aging benefits to lifting weights. Strength helps you build muscle, makes it easier for you to burn fat and it´s easier to stay lean and maintain a healthy looking body, when you like the way you look and you feel great then confidence increases, all this helps you achieve bigger projects and live a better life.

When it comes to muscle and strength the old saying is true “use it or lose it”. When we´re young we are able to do so many physical stuff and as we get older we start losing all the strength, flexibility, mobility and this loss is the result of our lack of physical activity. The human body is design for physical activity to keep moving but nowadays there are so many ways we can avoid that physical movements. Things like elevators, cars, washing machines, tv, social media, e-commerce. Even when technology and all those inventions are great they´ve made us lazy.

As I´ve mentioned in other posts you don´t need to spend hours training at the gym doing so many different exercises. You can get a great workout in 30 to 45 minutes for you resistance training 4 days a week and you just need to be more active outside the gym.

For resistance workouts you can focus on bodyweight and compound movements, if your goal is only to lose weight once and for all, to maintain a healthy weight and optimal health you don´t need to complicate things, just keep it simple and stick to the basics, for this bodyweight and compound movements are all you need. The goal is first to learn the basics of each movement and learn proper form, then your goal is to get stronger on each exercise. We´ll talk on future posts about this.

For cardio I need to say that I hate to call it cardio because we don´t need to schedule one hour of our day, every day to do any type of cardio, what you need is to find ways to be more active throughout the day. For most of us is almost impossible to schedule a 30 or 45 minute for cardio plus another 30 or 45 minute for resistance training, but we can schedule 45 minutes 4 days a week for resistance training and we all have 10 to 15 minutes every morning and after dinner to go for a walk.

We´ll keep sharing information with you and some simple steps and tips you can follow to increase physical activity and develop healthy habits. If there´s something in particular you want to know leave a comment on Twitter.

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The negative impact of a sedentary lifestyle

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If you are obese or overweight or if you are struggling with your body then you are living the negative impacts of a sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle in an exponential way but, in fact all of us who are sedentary are affected negatively by it.

Being sedentary is one of the 2 principal causes of so many health problems, I consider it to be a disease itself. As humans, we´re not designed to spend hours sitting or lying in front of a computer, on the couch or in the car, the human body is designed to be active, to keep moving and doing all kinds of different physical activities, we´re meant to move.

For the past years technology has become a huge part of our lives and with it a lot of health problems. We´re a lot more sedentary compared to some years ago, we travel by car  to the school, office, mall, grocery shopping and we do everything we can to get the closest spot possible to the door some of us even wait for that close spot. We use electric stairs and elevator, we spend hours sitting in front of a computer or any electronic device doing homework or our job, we spend hours sitting in the couch watching movies or tv shows.

We´re very lazy and we avoid all sacrifices, suffering and struggle but, with time we struggle even more with the health problems we got to deal with all of them caused by our unhealthy and sedentary lives.

We all spend too much time sitting and we´re all looking for ways to spend even more time sitting and avoid all kind of effort, we´re want to feel good now without thinking of the future, we want instant gratification and satisfaction without thinking of the negative consequences in the future.

By being more sedentary we are avoiding all suffering, effort and sacrifices now, we got instant satisfaction and gratification but this leads to health problems in the short and long run. When we spend too much time sitting, the hormones, systems, genes and metabolism of our body start to work inefficiently. They start reducing activity and turning off so we not only burn less calories but our body is not working as it should. This leads to metabolic and chronic diseases.

Being sedentary also leads to an unhealthy cycle that includes unhealthy diets and unhealthy sleep patterns. Lack of physical activity can cause poor quality sleep and when we don´t get enough high quality sleep the hormones that regulate appetite are our f sync so we tend to eat more especially of the unhealthy foods, when we overeat we´re in a bad mood and we don´t have the energy to exercise or do physical activity. One night of poor sleep also impacts negatively insulin and this hormone makes us store fat, all this creates a negative cycle that is hard to stop.

The biggest negative impact of being sedentary is the negative cycle it creates including quality and quantity of sleep, stress levels, quality and quantity of food. We cannot forget the fact that the 5 principles of fitness they all work together not only to help you lose weight and keep it off but to improve and maintain optimal health.

We´re not only talking about people who is obese or overweight, the impact of being sedentary goes for all of us, even skinny girls and guys. There are 3 simple steps you can take today to stop being sedentary and start being more active throughout the day:

1.- Be aware of how much time you spend sitting and what you are doing most of the time.

2.- When you catch yourself checking your phone or social media stop it and get up, go for a short walk, do some stretching, do some physical movement. Just standing up is a great way to start breaking that sedentary pattern.

3.- Stand up and go for a walk every hour or every 2 hours.

Do what you can but you need to start by being aware of what you do on a daily basis, how you send most of the time and for how long you stay in the same position, if it´s sitting or lying on bed or the couch and start changing that.

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The benefits of yoga

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Have you ever done yoga? Do you hate, like it or love it?

There are those who love yoga and those who hate it. It´s amazing how though and challenging it can get and we cannot deny that it will give us an amazing workout.

Yoga is not my preferred type of exercise but I can´t deny that it has amazing benefits, I´ve practiced it for some months and I realized that the slow paced workouts and holding a pose for a number of seconds is not what I love to do in terms of exercise, it is though and challenging the part I liked about it was improving balance and how I need to be concentrated on what I do to maintain the pose, even when I love and prefer to lift weights and cardio I take one day a week to do yoga.

It´s true that yoga helps you improve flexibility, mobility and posture and it´s also an amazing exercise option for improving balance and reducing mental health problems.

The mind-body connections when you are doing any pose needs to be at point, you need to be really focused and center on what you are doing otherwise you´ll lose balance and fall off the pose you also need to get strong so that you can sustain your body weight in any pose and hold it.

Yoga workouts include meditation and breathing techniques that go hand in hand with the pose you are working on, all this combined encourage relaxation which is incredibly helpful to reduce stress it also helps to reduce depression, anxiety and improve mental health, the way yoga combines breathing, meditation and poses by creating harmony is what your bodies need to relax, calm down and stay in the present moment.

Yoga is not the same as stretching or calisthenics, even when you can use some of the exercises or poses from yoga as stretch exercises what gives yoga its plus is the breathing techniques, you can be stretching but if you don´t know how to breathe through the poses you´ll only be stretching, with yoga you learn to breathe and meditate, you are focused on your body, how your mind, body and soul connect is amazing you get in touch with yourself in a very deep level.

Yoga is a great way to get lean for people who doesn´t want to lift weights and do intense or long sessions of cardio and it´s also low impact, it is perfect for people who love a physical activity that is more calming but that increases strength so that they can looked lean and toned without getting bulky. This is why it´s so popular among girls and women.

I don´t know about any other type of exercise that combines physical activity with breathing techniques and meditation as a way to calm the mind and body, to relax us and lower stress while exercising. One way to improve anxiety and depression is to focus on yourself and to stay in the present moment not letting your mind wandering in the future or the past, yoga does this amazingly apart from breathing techniques and meditation during the workouts we need to be fully focus and present to maintain balance and hold the poses when we harmonize your body, mind, breathing, emotions is when we can start healing ourselves.

With all this blood pressure lowers, it keep all systems of our body like nervous system, immune system healthy, the hormones on our body are in balance, etc. so love it or hate it, it has amazing benefits not only to get in shape but for overall health. When your body is in synergy meaning when everything is connected and working in harmony that´s when you get the most benefits and the best results, not only how you look but also how you feel.

Yoga is one of those tools we all need to try al least once to see if you like it or not, it can be a great complement to any exercise program. Give it a try and let us know what you think about it by leaving a comment on Twitter.

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Why sitting is a disease

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How much time do you spend sitting?

It doesn´t matter if it´s on the couch, in the car, at the office in front of a computer. How much time do you spend sitting each day?

One of the biggest problems we´re facing nowadays is the obesity epidemic, being obese or overweight or having some weight to lose leads to many other health problems and there are 2 culprits for this. Unhealthy diets and a sedentary lifestyle.

There are so many diets and so many different weight loss programs but obesity and overweight keep increasing. What frustrates me is that the industries keep making everything harder to keep you eating all the junk food and keeping you lazy while they keep making millions.

It´s actually really simple to lose weight, keep it off, improve your health and maintain optimal health and a healthy weight that considers body composition, it all comes down to eating the right foods, in the right amount at the right time and being more active throughout the day.

And I need to say that if you go to the gym or have some time of your day schedule to train, or work out it´s not enough.

The problem is sitting for too long, when you sit for too long the hormones, genes and systems in your body stop working properly, especially your metabolism and blood glucose. It´s obvious that the more time you spend sitting the less calories you´ll burn. So, if you are more sedentary because you spend too much time sitting and if you eat the wrong foods, at wrong time in the wrong amount then your body won´t work properly. This lead to metabolic disorders and it´s the cause of many health problems we´re seeing now that start with obesity, overweight, diabetes but it can get worse with problems like heart disease, dementia and cancer. Sitting for too long also leads to organ damage, spine damage, muscle loss, leg disorders, bad posture, short life span.

Many people think that by working out, going to the gym and doing some exercise there that´s all they need to stay in shape and maintain optimal health, this is wrong. Even when going to the gym and lifting weights has so many benefits that play a key role on optimal health and longevity and you´ll also look great and feel great that´s only one part. Going to the gym and lifting weights or doing some resistance training for one hour is great but it leaves you with 23 hours left and what you do on those 23 hours is also important.

Technology has done things easier, we want instant gratification, we want to be lean and healthy without any sacrifice but sadly this is not possible, we´re not designed to be sedentary, to spend long hours sitting and it´s causing a lot of damage to our body but, there are different options to increase physical activity but it all starts with you, being aware of how much you spend sitting and deciding to change that.

If you sit for longer than 60 minutes stand up and do some physical activity for a couple of minutes, you can walk, do some stretching, go up or down stairs. Also find ways to increase physical activity any chance you have by parking as far as possible from the entrance when you go shopping to the mall or groceries, from the entrance of your office or school, use the stairs instead or elevator, if you´re going a place nearby walk or use the bike.

Remember that your workouts are one part of this big puzzle of fitness but it doesn´t replace physical activity. And also remember that the longer you´re sitting the more damage you do to your metabolism and all other genes, hormones and systems of your body.

Tracking daily steps is a great tool to make sure that you´re active throughout the day. While some people argue the benefits of getting 10,000 steps all at once or dividing them into small walks throughout the day in my opinion it´s harder for all of us to schedule some time to get those 10,000 steps all at once and from what I´ve research and found and what I´m sharing on this post you don´t need to get 10,000 steps all at once, it´s better to spread them throughout the day. You don´t need to get obsessed by hitting 10,000 steps daily, use them as a guide, some days you may have more work to do and you may only get 8,000 steps, other days you may get more steps, the whole goal is to get more physical activity. So don´t get obsessed with getting 10,000 steps every single day, just make sure to get as close as possible and always keep in mind that the goal is to be more active and avoid sitting for long periods of time.

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How to start increasing physical activity

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What you we do every single day is what we become, that daily routine creates our life. If we spend most of the time sitting then it will lead to all kind of negative results.

We all know that exercise is key for optimal health and weight loss, but we can not think about exercise just a something we need to do every day for a short period of time, we need to think about it as being more active throughout the day, finding ways to add more physical activity, the best way to do this is by walking, adding small, short walks is a great way to increase activity.

Most of us spend most time sitting in front of a computer on the couch, in the car and we have the bad habit of leaving the car as close as possible to the entrance wherever we go, if it´s at the mall. On the past years we´ve become very lazy, we don´t want to suffer, we want things fast and with the least work and effort possible from our part. This is a huge problem; this has caused so many health issues and we need to reverse that by increasing physical activity.

Here are 3 steps you can follow to increase physical activity throughout the day:

1.- Go for a walk every morning.- Every morning before having breakfast or before going to school or work go for a 10 to 15 minute walk.

2.- Go for a walk after dinner.- Every night right after dinner go for a walk, the moment you get up from the table go for a 10 to 15 minute walk before doing something else.

3.- Walk for a couple of minutes every 2 hours.- If you have a sedentary job try to get up and walk for 5 minutes every 2 hours, or walk 2 or 3 minutes every hour.

These steps may seem so simple but none of us do them, we are so busy that we don´t have time, so we rather stay in front of the computer checking social media or the news.

If you do want to improve your life you do have time to increase physical activity, instead of looking at your phone every 10 minutes focus on the work you actually need to finish for one hour straight and then take a rest by walking. Checking social media, your phone or the news every hour don´t give you any positive outcome but, if you stop checking your phone, social media and the news and you focus on what you need to get done you´ll be more productive then you take a rest mentally by walking and then you concentrate on the next activity.

Increasing physical activity improves your health and your entire life, it´s not only about losing weight, it´s about keeping it off while maintaining optimal health and you´ll get all the benefits that lead to having a better day, increasing performance and on the long run you live a better life.

We all have time we can use to go for small walks, if you can´t get out and go for a walk you can stand up and stretch, sitting leads to many health problems and stretching has so many benefits, just by standing up and stretch for a couple of minutes improves posture and gives your mind a rest from what you´re doing.

Even when you do need to schedule one hour 4 or 5 days a week for a resistance exercise routine you still need to stay as active as possible throughout the day, resistance exercise helps you build and maintain muscle and it´s also important for maintaining strength and optima health while staying active throughout the day helps you burn calories so that you can sustain your weight loss results and also maintain optimal health.

If you´re struggling to find ways to increase physical activity let us know by leaving a comment on Twitter, we´ll be glad to help you.

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How to start exercising when you´re struggling with your weight

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If you have weight to lose, if you are overweight or obese I´m sure you´ve tried to lose weight before and I´m sure you´ve hear the most common advice: you just need to eat less and move more and I understand how hard it is to follow that advice. If it was that simple then you won´t be looking for strategies that do work.

In my opinion it is rude and disrespectful to even mention that advice, you do know that you need to eat less and you do know that you need to exercise, but I understand how hard it is to get up and exercise when your knees hurt, when your back hurts, all your body hurts, you feel tired and you can´t stand up for too long.

I´ve mentioned before that sustainable weight loss is not as easy as eat less – move more, that advice is just one piece of the puzzle, you also need to consider your metabolism and hormones, the reason why you feel tired and you can´t stop eating is because your body is not working properly so you need to fix that first so this means that you need to start your weight loss journey by changing you eating habits first, this will help you feel better so that you have more energy to exercise.

After following a healthy diet for a couple of weeks you can start exercising, at this point you may have lost some weight and you feel better, I´m not saying that you´ll feel amazing just after a couple of weeks of eating healthy but you´ll start feeling a little better and with more energy so that you can start getting up and do some physical activity.

The goal of increasing physical activity throughout the day and start exercising is to improve your health and to burn calories which will help you lose weight and you need to make this a daily habit so that you maintain optimal health and can maintain and even improve your weight loss results but, since you´ve been sedentary for years then you need to start small and build from that, even when you need to start small you do need to challenge yourself, here are 3 steps you can take today to start exercising:

1.- Go for a walk every morning.- Every morning before having breakfast go for a 10 minute walk. Starting your day with some physical activity gets you in the right mood to accomplish more things and keeps you on the right track.

2.- Go for a walk after dinner.- Every day right after dinner go for another 10 minute walk. The moment you stand up from the table go for a walk, do not sit on the couch or do any other thing, get up and walk.

3.- Do 10 squats and 10 push ups.- At any time during the day do 10 squats and 10 push ups, you do not need to do the normal versions, find easier versions of the exercises you can do, you can use a chair for the squats to help you so that you don´t go too low, place a chair behind you, stand up straight with your feet shoulder-with apart, slowly bend your knees and sit on the chair and stand up. For push ups you can use a wall, stand in front of a wall (facing the wall), place your hands at the level of your shoulders and slowly bend your elbows and lean your body towards the wall, then push back.

This 3 exercises are the best way to start exercising, there are 2 important points to consider, first you need to challenge yourself it does take effort and hard work to lose weight and keep it off so every time you need to make it more challenging, just make sure that you are challenging yourself enough to make your body change without injuring yourself. And second you need to do it every day, the only way to lose weight and keep it off is by developing healthy habits, this includes being consistent with your exercise. You can´t do your exercises one day and skip them 5 days, this won´t lead to results, it´s better to do 20 or 30 minutes of exercise every day than 4 hours on a single day and rest 5 days.

These 3 steps are the starting point, follow them for a couple of weeks and let us know how you feel by living a comment on Twitter. On future posts we´ll be sharing with you what you need to do once you´ve lost some weight and you can increase the activity. Remember that our goal is to help you develop the habit of daily exercise so if you have any doubt or question let us know, we´ll glad to help you.

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Why walking is great

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When it comes to exercise most people on the industry make everything harder than it actually is, you may have seen this. If you´ve tried to lose weight you may have found different exercise routines with so many different exercises, long and boring sessions of cardio or intense intervals and you end up hating exercise. One of the secrets to lose weight, keep it off, maintain optimal health and live an long and healthy life is walking.

We can´t deny the fact that nowadays we´re a lot more sedentary than a few years ago, we spend too much time sitting, we´ve become lazy and as we reduce the amount of physical activity we increased the amount of unhealthy foods we eat and with this health problems like obesity, overweight and chronic diseases increased too.

When it comes to cardio people think about it as the best tool for weight loss and they think about steady state cardio which we´ve talked about it in another post (click here to read about it) where you do a certain activity for long periods of time, some people like to go to a park nearby and jog or cycle for 45 to 60 minutes. Others prefer to go to the gym and use a cardio machine for those 45 to 60 minutes.

For most of us it´s hard to schedule 45 to 60 minutes of cardio every day plus some days of resistance exercise, you need to realize that daily physical activity is key so you need to make cardio a daily habit. The good point about this is that you don´t need to go to a gym and use a machine and you don´t need to go to a park nearby, you don´t need to schedule 45 or 60 minutes for a long cardio session.

Walking is one of the best types of exercise you can do every single day to lose weight, maintain your results and maintain optimal health, here are so many reasons and benefits for walking every day:

  • Improves your heart health
  • Improves overall health
  • Improves your lungs
  • Burns calories
  • Improves your mood
  • Reduce stress
  • It´s sustainable
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • It´s convenient
  • It´s low impact

A 10 to 15 minute walk after a meal helps lower blood glucose as a 45 minute walk. For most of us is really hard to get 45 minutes and go for a long walk, and it´s impossible to stick to those 45 minute walks all at once for long periods of time, is really hard to make those long walks a habit, but we can take a 15 minute walk first thing in the morning and after dinner. It´s easier for most of us to get 30 minutes of physical activity just by walking first thing in the morning and after dinner. Since they are short we see them as small challenges we can really accomplish. 10 to 15 minute walks are easier to do and convenient, this set you in the right mindset and it doesn´t matter where you´re at you can get them done.

Being active throughout the day is one of the ways to improve overall health and maintain a healthy weight, sitting for too long leads to health problems and also gain weight so by taking 2 or 3 walks throughout the day or finding ways to stand up is helpful. If you work a 9 to 5 office job and you can get up every couple hours and walk for 2 or 3 minutes it will have a huge positive impact.

Start today taking 2 walks a day, you can start after dinner and get everything ready for tomorrow, there´s no reason to overcomplicate things when you got everything you need to change your life for the better, just follow the simple steps and tips we share with you on this site. If you have any doubts, questions or there´s something you want to know let us know by leaving it down below and on Twitter.

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Exercise

How to develop the habit of daily exercise

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Yeap, you read that right. You need to develop the habit of daily exercise if you do want to lose weight once and for all. There´s no other way to lose weight, keep it off and maintain optimal health.

Even when following a healthy diet, getting enough high quality sleep and keeping stress low will do wonders to help you maintain an healthy weight and optimal health in general, exercise also plays an important role on making it all possible.

As I´ve mentioned in other posts, your weight loss journey is not only a period of time you´re focused on losing weight, during that same period of time you are developing the habits you need to keep that weight off. This is why you start small and build from there.

The way to develop the habit of daily exercise is by replacing unhealthy or bad habits with good ones. Most of us are sedentary, we spend so much time sitting whether it´s on the car driving from home to the office and back or sitting in front of a computer or screen working or on the couch watching tv. This sedentary lifestyle is one of the reasons why so many of us are struggling with our weight.

One of the best ways to develop the habit of daily exercise is by doing some physical activity first thing in the morning. When you do some exercise in the morning you set your day to be more positive and productive, we talked before about how exercise improves your mood so after exercising you feel a sense of accomplishment plus you get all the endorphins that trigger that positive and good mood setting you for a great day.

If you´re struggling with your weight and you´ve been following an unhealthy diet for years and you´ve been sedentary your first goal is to increase physical activity throughout the day, there are 2 simple steps to make this possible:

1.- Every morning go for a 10 to 15 minute walk before breakfast. When you wake up try to take a walk as soon as possible, the more time it takes you to get that walk done the harder it will be for you, the first days and weeks it will be hard because you´re not use to it, and you want to stay on bed so you need to get up as fast as you can and go for that walk. Then when you´re done you can have breakfast or start your day.

2.- Every day right after having dinner go for another 10 to 15 minute walk. Do not spend too much time sitting at the table after you´re done eating, instead get up, do the dishes and go for a walk.

This 2 steps may seem so simple but taking action is the hardest part. You don´t want to follow intense workout programs your first goal is to get some physical activity, to start moving and then with time you start increasing effort and time. You don´t need to suffer and make the exercise routines so intense that you feel like dying, in fact this can be dangerous and harmful for your health and body leading to injuries and health problems so you need to start slow and build up.

By taking this two 15 minute walks you´ll be getting 30 minutes of total physical activity every day, it´s easier to stick to this type of exercise since most of us have some free time after waking up and right after dinner and we use that time to read the news or check social media so you change those minutes for something that will have a greater positive impact on your life. Trust you won´t lose anything important during that time, you only need 10 minutes to get up to date on news and social media every day.

You need to make those 30 minute a routine first so focus on those for a couple of weeks, then you need to find another 30 to 45 minutes 4 to 5 days a week for resistance exercise.

You don´t need to spend hours every day in the gym to get an amazing physique, you just need to exercise the right way with the right amount of effort and intensity. Remember that consistency and discipline are more important.

Follow to 2 steps I mentioned here for a couple of weeks and let us know how you feel by leaving a comment down below and on Twitter.

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