The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Working Out

These 10 tips and tricks can help you add a daily dose of fitness to your life—even if you don’t like working out or struggle to find the time.

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Working Out

By Toni Gasparis

Do you dread working out so much that you just choose not to? Finding the time and motivation to stay healthy and fit can seem overwhelming. Luckily, there are small adjustments you can make to your everyday life to help you have a stress-free workout without a membership to the gym. Give these 10 tips a try to feel fit and fabulous.


Workout While Brushing Your Teeth

During the minute or two that you spend brushing and flossing your teeth, do heel raises. Start with your feet flat on the ground and push your heels up until you are on tiptoe. Repeat this motion throughout your entire morning or nighttime routine at the sink to build up your leg muscles.

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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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