By: Chad Ruf, Director of Personal Training

Hello weight loss challenge participants. With only three weeks left in the challenge I wanted to give you some tips on getting in some extra movement to burn more calories. These are just some basic daily habits that can help put you over the hump. Keep your head up you are almost there!


"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other." - Abraham Lincoln

Tip #1 - Don’t look for the closest parking spot. We all have the habit of parking in the closest parking spot.  Try parking on the far side of the parking lot. Imagine how many more calories you will burn if you make this a habit everywhere you go. Park further at work, the grocery store, or anywhere you go. Always be thinking about movement to burn off calories.


Tip #2 - Stop taking the elevator. Imagine how many more calories you will burn if you walk up the stairs.  This is especially true if you have multiple flights of stairs to go up. This also goes for escalators when you are shopping at stores. Try to make it a habit to use the stairs everywhere you go and you will burn twice as many calories and speed up your weight loss.


Tip #3 - Make use of your lunch break. Instead of using your whole lunch break to eat and rest, try limiting your eating time and spending 30 minutes of your lunch break walking outside. This is a great way to burn some extra calories and a great way to get an extra energy boost for the day. Try walking right after your lunch meal to kick in your metabolism and avoid the blood sugar crash.


Tip #4 - Take your cardiovascular workout up one more level. If you are doing 20 minutes, go to 30 minutes; if you are at 30 minutes, go to 40 minutes. Remember - the more calories you burn, the better chance you have to lose weight. You are already at the gym or in your workout, so just add a little bit at the end and you will see a difference.

 

Overall, try implementing these things over the next three weeks and you should start to see a difference if you keep with your current program.


Best of luck with the challenge and keep up the great work!

Sincerely,

Chad

 

Reminder: At 7:00 p.m. CST on April 11th I will be hosting a live Facebook chat on the Weight Loss Challenge. "Like" the Snap Fitness page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/snapfitness247 for Lose Weight Challenge tips, motivation, and to get in on our live chat!

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