If you're one of those people who have to lose weight and hate even the idea of going to the gym, there are plenty of ways to get a good workout at home, especially if you're trying to lose weight and get in shape.
Burning calories while getting things done around the house is a double whammy -- you'll be knocking things off of your to-do list while you're losing weight left and right.
Do it old-school
Think about how many modern conveniences make our lives easier and eliminate effort. Now if you forgo as many of those modern conveniences as you can, you'll be using more energy and losing more weight. You don't have to go crazy.
Start with small things like hanging the wash out on the wash line instead of using the dryer. Make a couple of extra trips up and down the stairs over the course of a day.
When you're cooking, use a hand mixer instead of the electric mixer or blender. Need to mop the floor? Don't use one of those fancy, self-wringing mops. Wring it out yourself, or better yet, get down on the floor and scrub by hand. Not only will you lose weight, you'll build muscle tone too!
No need to keep your at-home workout in your home. There are enough activities outside to keep you busy and help you lose weight too. Get a heavy broom and sweep the front porch, sidewalk, deck, or driveway. Grab the hose while you're at it and scrub away stains, dirt, and more.
Give up your gas or electric lawnmower and cut the grass with a non-electric mower, one of the old-fashioned kinds with the spinning blade and no bag. For more of a workout and more weight loss, rake up the grass clippings right away, instead of collecting them in the lawnmower bag. Scrub the grill.
Plant a garden -- weeding is great exercise. In the winter, don't bring out the snow blower, use a snow shovel.
Clean out the attic and the garage
Multitask -- clean out the clutter and lose weight too! Climbing ladders, lifting boxes, and running up and down stairs will help you lose weight while you get things accomplished. Moving things and reorganizing will keep you in motion.
You'll be carrying boxes to he curb and the car. Bending, lifting, and stretching will keep your metabolism up. You'll use muscles in your arms, legs, and back, giving yourself a well-rounded workout at the same time that you're losing weight. Weight loss doesn't have to be hard and it doesn't have to be done at an expensive gym.
Just re-thinking how you go about handling your normal, every day activities can inspire you to get more active and lose more weight. These are just a few ideas to get you started.
If you make a list of all the household chores you normally do in a day and then reconsider how you'd do them with more hands-on effort, you'll be amazed at the impact these simple steps can have on your weight loss program.