Weight Loss Coach and Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour dropped by Fox Chicago to demonstrate the workouts to do if you’re short on time and low on inspiration. Try these simple ways to lose weight while you build strength and confidence. Watch the video to get great weight loss tips and learn easy workouts you can try today.
Even though I’m a weight loss coach, even I don’t always have time to hit the gym for a full hour or two! But that’s why I know firsthand the benefits of small, intentional workouts done throughout the day. Try these fun and easy workouts to support your own weight loss and fitness goals no matter if you’re at home with the kids or busy at the office.
Mornings are the best time of day to hit it hard! Go for high intensity interval training. Need some extra motivation? Lay out your workout clothes the night before. Shoot for a 20-minute workout, but even if you can only do 5 minutes, that’s okay—do it! Every little bit helps your weight loss and fitness goals.
1) Run in place for 1 minute
2) 1 set of arm exercises
3) 1 set of leg exercises
Do squats and lunges for strength training but also try adding arm presses in at the same time. This is great if you’re short on time because it gets your heart rate up and combines two workout moves in one. Bam!
The goal at lunch isn’t to work up a sweat since you probably won’t be in workout clothes! Try these low intensity movement exercises to keep your brain fresh and alert and your body limber and strong.
Chair Pilates: Close your office door and do some simple chair Pilates! Or if you can snag an empty conference room, throw down a mat and do ten minutes of Pilates.
Office Walks: Walk around the office at lunch or march at your desk. You might feel silly at first but then you’ll feel great with more oxygenated blood circulating through you. Our bodies crave movement so start marching, pump your arms, do a little dance, whatever!
Mini Breaks: Little workouts throughout the day keep your brain in a happy state of mind and more likely to take advantage of a class or gym workout when the opportunity arises. Whether at work or at home, set a timer on your phone so every hour it reminds you to get up and walk around or do a quick set of exercises for five minutes.
At the end of the day, the goal is to lower your body’s cortisol levels. Cortisol (the stress hormone) regulates your metabolism helping you lose weight and controls blood sugar levels and reduces inflammation. All these things directly influence your health, energy, and weight.
Ease insomnia: Many of the clients in my weight loss programs for women have trouble falling asleep. Relaxing yoga and meditation helps them sleep better and lose weight (for real!). So don’t worry about working up a sweat at night—that’s going to make it even more difficult to fall asleep!
Light Yoga: Destress from a busy day with some light yoga. Do a half of a sun salute and other standing yoga poses, or try lying on the ground with your legs up in the air against a wall.
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