Exercise For Singles
I simply can’t say “no” to good food.  Actually, I have a difficult time saying “no” to any kind of food.  Food is just too good not to be eaten.  How am I supposed to let that juicy hamburger just sit there, when it could be in my stomach instead?  How can I not top off a great dinner with a big scoop of strawberry ice cream?  No dessert, well that’s just criminal.  I just can’t say “no.” 

Now, for some – this isn’t a problem.  There are those lucky few who, from a combination of great genes and a fantastic metabolism, can eat whatever they want whenever they want and it just doesn’t seem to matter.  No matter how hard I wish and hope I simply won’t ever be one of those people, so instead I have to watch what I eat.  It just isn’t fair.

However, I’ve come to terms with the way I was made and do what I can to maintain my dignity and my waistline.  I know the effects of fattening cheesecake, or greasy fast food.  I know what my belly has the potential to look like, if I were to give up completely and just eat whatever I want.  I know all the bad stuff that “could” happen, but I won’t let it.  My will power is stronger than my desire to eat – even if only by a little bit.  Not only can I fight the urge, but I will also work to stay in shape as well by getting my body moving and keeping it fit.

If you’re anything like me, running is just the worst type of punishment you can think of.  I hate it.  However, I do appreciate the benefit it has for the body.  Burning calories, keeping your body strong, and maintaining your cardiovascular health are all benefits of running…but can’t you find the same results with other exercises?

Here are a few alternatives I use, when I just can’t bring myself to go for a job.

1)     Bicycle

Stationary or traditional, the bicycle is a great mode of transportation on the road to physically fitness.  You’ll burn calories, and you’ll keep your legs in shape.  You won’t however be doing much for your upper body though.  Plus, you’ll have the ability to coast on a bike, something you can’t really do while running.  When coasting you are essentially just sitting, not burning any calories.  When you’re running – you’re always working even at a slow jog.  So, try to keep those pedals moving as much as possible, to get the most of out of your ride.

2)     Circuit Training

Keeping your body on its proverbial toes is a great way to keep it in shape.  Never let it get used to one particular routine, but instead keep throwing new exercises at it to keep it guessing.  The human body is a brilliant piece of machinery.  Whether we realize it or not, our muscles – over time – can become used to a particular exercise.  When they do, they will begin to use less and less energy to complete it.  Over time, your body will figure out what the “path of least resistance is” using the least amount of energy possible to preform the familiar task it is given.  This makes the exercise less and less effective over time.  So, keep preforming new routines and you should see results in only a few short weeks.

3)     Take The Stairs

This one is easy.  Whenever you have the opportunity, take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Take the long walk up the hill, instead of the short direct route or the escalator.  Walk to the store, instead of driving the half-mile to get there, or if you must drive, park in the furthest possible spot and walk to the storefront.  Make every effort to use a little more energy in your daily routine, and you will be working toward a more fitter you.

Now, I just know you’re itching to tell the world how you beat your belly.  Frankly, we’re dying to hear what you have to say.  Share your thoughts on our Facebook page, or even right here in the comments section.  Tell us what you do to stay in shape.


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Comments

lucy
Oh i totally understand! I just got into Zumba - it's really fun but really burns the calories. I've never enjoyed a work out so much.
Jun 20th 2012
 





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