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In Fitness, It's the Little Things that Count

Exercise can stimulate brain activity, potentially increase your lifespan and whittle down your waistline. Although few can dispute the benefits of an exercise routine, even small changes to your lifestyle can have very positive effects on your health!

Working out in a gym can be a very effective way to shed extra pounds, but a fitness plan doesn't have to be all work and no play. Now is the perfect time to discuss the little things you can do that may make a positive impact on your health and weight loss goals.

It's a Busy, Busy World

If you're like most Americans, you're overscheduled, overworked and over trying to cram in a workout during a busy day. You don't have to log multiple hours at the gym or complete a rigorous 1000-calorie workout to see results. Moderate physical activity might just suffice for losing weight and keeping it off. In one study by researchers at the University of Copenhagen, men who exercised at a moderate intensity for 30 minutes a day lost a similar amount of weight and body fat as those who exercised 60 minutes a day.1 For those men, more wasn’t necessarily better.

Don't Wreck Yourself

Some of you may be off to the races at the start of the year, but it is important to take it easy when starting out. In fact, it may be even better for your weight loss goals in the long run. Going gung-ho at the start of a new exercise plan can make you sore for days or even worse could lead to an injury that could set you back for weeks. In addition, some people who exercise at a high level over-compensate by eating more, and this impacts their weight loss efforts.1

Turn Off the Tube

Many people in the United States spend large amounts of time watching TV from the sofa rather than the treadmill. This may not be good for your weight loss or your overall health. Consider more than just TV time, think about the time you spend in your car and on the computer. It’s probably more than you think! Cutting back on a sedentary lifestyle and adding more movement into your daily life remain two of the best ways to keep up those weight loss resolutions!

1 Rosenkilde M, Auerbach P, Reichkendler MH, et al. Body fat loss and compensatory mechanisms in response to different doses of aerobic exercise—a randomized controlled trial in overweight sedentary males. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2012;303: R571–R579.