Exercise at Home, Lose Weight
Exercise at home to lose weight -- what a good idea. No traveling to and from a gym, nor being embarrassed by how much you weigh.
You don't need to buy a bunch of expensive exercise equipment, either (unless you want to).
So what kind of exercises can you do at home to lose weight?
Get Up Off the Couch
Getting up off the couch or your favorite chair is the first battle you have to fight in your quest to exercise home and lose weight.
Forget the machines that let you lose weight relaxing by stimulating muscles -- you're going to have to use your muscles, instead.
What Kinds of Exercises?
Actually, just about any kind! You can do stretches, yoga, pilates, walking. You can dance, do a cardio workout or strength train. It's all up to you, and what you'd like to try.
Note: Check with your health-care provider before starting any exercise program; this goes double if you are being treated for an ongoing medical condition. (Your doctor will likely be pleased with your question.)
You can do exercises even if you can't walk or stand -- there are plenty of exercises you can do in a chair.
Do You Need Anything Expensive?
Nope, not unless you're itching to buy something. While a treadmill or a Bowflex can certainly be useful, they aren't required to exercise at home and lose weight.
Keep in mind -- if you do purchase some home exercise equipment, make sure you have the space for it. Heavy equipment that you have to lug out each time you want to use it will probably end up gathering dust after awhile.
Exercise at Home to Lose Weight -- What Kind of Equipment?
Actually, you need very little to get started. A decent pair of fitness shoes is a must, but other than that, you needn't spend more than a few dollars for a book or DVD, and perhaps some hand weights or resistance bands.
Take a look at Amazon or your local bookstore -- there are lots and lots of exercise DVDs. Just about anything you can think of, you can find!
For example, you may want to try Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds DVDs. It's easy, quick (as little as 15 minutes) and you can do it in the comfort of your own home.
How about an exercise (balance) ball? They are a great way to tone your core, work your abs and develop a better sense of balance. Not to mention that strengthening muscle burns extra calories! Balance balls usually don't cost more than $10 or $15.
What about strength training with resistance bands? There's a DVD called Resistance Band Exercises that will tone you top to bottom. While you only need one resistance band to start, a whole set shouldn't run you more than $25 and will last you a long time.
You can also strength train by lifting weights. From small one-pound up through 15 pounds for the hand weights, you don't have to be a body-builder to use them. The hand weights are usually pretty inexpensive - just a few dollars each.
Here's an inexpensive cardio exercise -- turn on the radio or put on your favorite CD and dance! This is a case where you just want to let loose and have fun. You don't have to follow any tricky steps, just move your body in time with the music.
If you have a pool, try swimming or water aerobics.
See, it doesn't have to cost very much at all when you exercise at home to lose weight!
Just Do It!
The hardest part about exercising at home to lose weight is getting started. You read the book or watch the DVD and that's it.
To lose weight and get healthy exercising at home, you need to just get up, get moving and do it!
You're at home, so you don't have the excuse of not wanting to appear in public in workout clothes.
Start easy -- you're not training for the olympics. If all you can manage at first is 5 minutes, that's OK. Work your way up to 30 minutes a day.
It doesn't matter where you start, just as long as you start exercising at home to lose weight!
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