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Trying to lose weight? Try this trick.

Trying to lose weight? Try this trick.

Do you feel sluggish, heavy and dull these days? Have you tried all sorts of diets and failed to lose those pesky pounds? I hear you.

For the past many years now, I’ve been trying to trim down, and my focus has been on what I eat (and avoid). But recently, a fitness expert told me something that stuck in my mind. He said: weight loss depends 60% on your diet, and 40% on how much you exercise.

Now exercise is something I am not fond of. Enrolled in a gym, and two months later, I am bored with the routine, though yes, the scales did start showing a trimmer me.

For the past week, I have been trying something different. I keep my body busy. In simple ways, throughout the day. If I bend to pick up a pencil, I bend again, and then again. I climb up the stairs, and turn back to climb them again. In the kitchen, while waiting for the rice to cook, I do side bends. Sitting on the couch, watching TV, I reach forward and touch my toes.If a fun song is playing, I dance.

This isn’t hard to do–for anyone, however busy. Even if you’re sitting on your chair for long hours, you can do butt squeezes and arm stretches. The idea is to keep your body active.

The results this will achieve are not going to be dramatic. I am still almost the same weight as I was last week. But I feel fitter, more energetic. And with time, I am sure the scale will have good news for me. I can hardly wait!


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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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10:53PM PDT on Jun 1, 2015


4:09PM PDT on May 24, 2015

Thanks for sharing.

2:21PM PDT on May 21, 2015

Just what I was trying to do today...

1:17PM PDT on May 14, 2015

Thanks for sharing!

4:39AM PDT on May 1, 2015

wahoo another article on how to become anorexic and have food obsessive disorder.
sorry but I'm no sheep I don't want to look like a prepubescent boy or to be malnourished thank you.

10:10AM PDT on Apr 23, 2015

I'm not so busy, but I do watch my food intake. Low-carb, No-carb. Daily Carb limit is a simple 30Gms.

6:46PM PDT on Apr 22, 2015

Thanks for sharing.

6:26PM PDT on Apr 22, 2015

Easy ways to increase your activity. Thanks.

1:31PM PDT on Apr 22, 2015

PS i find that exercise [or movement] actually lifts my spirits, too! It's rather refreshing and renewing - gets rid of the sedentary cobwebs ... thanks again!

1:28PM PDT on Apr 22, 2015

Love it ~ thank you. REALLY stretching to pull a dish out of the dishwasher, doing extra knee bends to pick up objects on the floor.... i call it "FUN-ctional Excersize". It really does put a spark of fun into the chores, and sometimes i just do marches to get from 'here to there'. It's not hard ... and yes, as all exercise, one does need to build up if they are rather sedentary. Movement actually decrease pain, as it improve circulation and oxygen in the body. i won' t give in to a sedentary life: i may be in leg braces, a neck brace, a TENS unit, botox for spasms in my neck/base of the skull, and undergo spinal injections. But RX meds don't replace exercise at all: they enable me to do it so that some day, i pray, i'll not need them. But all is good. Just keep on keeping' on... :-)

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