Let’s be honest, most of us want to look great, have chiseled body of a Greek god, without having to obsessively diet and spend 2-3 hours per day in the gym. Nor do we all have the money to spend on a super-strict personal trainer, or expensive fat burners. And who in the world would want to have their belly fat suctioned out and replaced with a surgically implanted six-pack?
If you’re the type who wants the greatest results for the least amount of effort, then keep reading, because I’m going to tell you how.
1. Stop Working Out First Thing in the Morning
Although we can certainly admire those who get up at the crack of dawn to start doing their workout routine, there’s growing evidence that indicates that this might not be such a good thing after all. According to the majority of experts, your joints and muscles just aren’t ready yet.
It’s far better to get warmed up first, so make sure you’ve stretched and started moving around a bit before you exercise.
As far as eating before working out, well, the jury is still out on that one. Some health specialists say that exercise before you eat will burn more fat. On the other hand, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, it’s better to have a small snack first.
The ideal type of foods to boost energy in the morning should contain simple carbohydrates, like a bowl of oatmeal and some fruit.
2. Exercise Without Leaving the Couch
Instead of leaving your house and heading to the gym, just use your house to get in shape. You can use a couch, tables, or chairs to do dips, and it only takes a few of these once or twice daily to exercise your triceps.
Believe me, it won’t take long before you start noticing results. Along with dips, add one plank per day without leaving the comfort of your living room.
Start with just a few seconds and gradually build up to a whole minute. The majority of fitness trainers out there will admit that doing a 60-second plank is a pretty decent ab workout.
Doing this will soon make a major impact to the shape and tone of your abdominal muscles.
Next time you’re in the kitchen, do some lunges here and there while waiting for something to cook. Or, if you prefer, you can do some squats by lowering yourself down on your heels while keeping your back straight.
Make sure to keep most of your weight on your back heels. If you’re feeling particularly sparky, give a quick jump at the end of each one.
You can also do some random burpees here and there, as these are great overall for the body.
Doing only these simple exercises while watching television and waiting for the water to boil can make a drastic difference to your fitness. It’s really not necessary to go to the gym to get in shape, and neither do you have to follow along with those grueling 20-minute workout videos.
3. Hold Yourself Accountable
How many times have you said to yourself, “OK, starting tomorrow I will start this exercise routine.” I don’t have to tell you what happens next – the next day comes and that motivated person from the day before has suddenly vanished.
It’s easy to say you’ll start tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes. Well, lucky for you, fitness trainers have sort of a trick for this.
Simply pack your workout stuff into your bag the night before. Then place that bag close to the front door or, you can even put it in your car.
Since you’ve already gone through that much effort, you’ll more than likely go to work out. Just removing all of your gear from the bag is a hassle by itself, and if nothing else it will make you feel like one lazy person.
4. But Don’t Be Too Strict
In the opinions of a lot of fitness experts, many people don’t begin working out in the first place because it simply looks like way too much work. So in that case, don’t make it such an effort.
Rather than beginning with a long brutal workout routine, start with smaller 5-minute work outs. Starting out with a difficult work out will very likely make you not want to go back.
A little bit is better than nothing at all, so easy on yourself.
While you’re watching TV maybe do a quick 10-second plank here and there. Believe me, it’s far better than doing nothing at all.
This is probably the exact opposite kind of advice you’d get from many fitness gurus, but it’s only smart to take it in baby steps if you aren’t used to working out.
5. Reward Yourself
The effort you put into working out should always come with certain rewards, whether it’s how much better your body looks, or perhaps something else. Make it a point to reward yourself for what you do.
Hey, you just did 10 push-ups in the living room – good job! Now you can get back to that video game or fix yourself a snack.
If you start making this a habit, you may actually get to the point where you feel guilty if you don’t exercise before eating or relaxing.
You could also do something enjoyable after every time you go to the gym. Doing this trains your brain to associate the gym with that pleasurable activity, which will increase the odds of you going back.
6. Leave Something to Remind You
Whether or not you even have a routine yet, you can simply get a set of dumbbells or maybe some kettlebells and keep them lying around in plain sight, like in the living room, bedroom, kitchen, or elsewhere. There’s a pretty good chance that whenever you notice them you’ll be tempted to actually pick them up.
7. Go On A Temporary Hunger Strike
Intermittent fasting is tailor-made for the lazy people out there, since it doesn’t take much effort at all. As a matter of fact, it’s much less of a hassle than eating because there’s nothing to cook, and no dishes to wash.
Lots of research indicates that intermittent fasting results in weight loss for most people. There’s also evidence that it positively impacts overall health, such as providing an increase energy and mental alertness.
Begin by doing a 16-hour fast, where you’ll only be eating in the evening and then not eating until around noon the next day. Many people will find that it’s not that difficult, and once they do it once it’s not hard to keep going.
Other common fasting periods are for 18 and 24 hours. Remember to make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water while fasting.
And while it’s not considered harmful, it’s always best to be in good general health before you fast. For those with pre-existing health conditions or other concerns, be sure to talk to a health care professional before starting IM.
8. Listen While You Work
You can make a rule where you can listen to audiobooks or podcasts, but only while you’re exercising. If it’s something that you find interesting, you’ll want to go back to it, and so you’ll have to work out even more.
9. Make A Game Of It
Here’s an easy way to stay in shape while having fun with your friends. We’re all familiar with drinking games where you take a drink when someone on TV does or says something.
It’s definitely a good way to get drunk. But you can do the same thing, but instead of taking a drink, do something like doing push-ups or sit-ups.
Let’s say you’re watching a movie with your friend and decide to each choose an actor in the film. Every time your friend’s chosen actor does or says something, your friend has to do 5 push-ups, and every time your chosen actor does something, you have to do some exercise.
Fitness is a lot more fun when you’ve got a buddy to make a game of it with. You could also do it alone, but there’s not much fun in that.
10. More Playing Around
What about those of you who would rather play video games or watch videos on YouTube? Hop onto an exercise bike and do your viewing and gaming while pedaling.
As a matter of fact, you might find that the more intense your game gets, the faster that you’ll actually peddle. You probably won’t even realize that you’re exercising, burning fat, and getting in shape!
11. Ditch the Gym and Personal Trainer
Yup, this is one you’re not going to hear too often, but the fact of the matter is that gym memberships cost money and personal trainers are very expensive.
If you’ve been mulling over paying for either, consider saving yourself some hard-earned money. You can work out at home or at a nearby park for free, and put the cash you have saved to better use.
12. Get a Fitness Buddy
Those of you who’ve already been working out will likely know that it’s a good idea to start your exercise program with another person who’s at about your fitness level.
You’re more likely to feel accountable, since neither of you will want to let the other down. You may even notice a bit of healthy competition at play, which is a good thing.
And having a fitness partner will motivate you, giving you a well-needed boost on those days you might otherwise stay on the couch.
13. Turn Your Living Space Into A Training Circuit
This basically means that every time you go into a specific room you have to perform a specific exercise.
The kitchen might be a place you’ll want to avoid because that’s where you have to do a number of squats. In the beginning you might start with just one squat.
Your bedroom might be the place where you have to do push-ups. And the living room will be the perfect place to do planks, since we’ve already established that planks and TV go hand-in-hand.
This might seem like a lot of work, but after you’ve done it a few times, it becomes habit. Just remember to set the bar low in the beginning.
Do what’s easy for you initially and go up from there. It won’t be long before you start feeling proud that you’ve made so much progress.
14. Looking Good Is Feeling Good
Don’t skimp when it comes to what you wear at the gym. This way, you’ll actually be motivated to wear those cool threads, and you’ll feel good doing it.
And let’s be honest here, a lot of people exercise because they want to look appear attractive to the opposite sex. Flattering workout attire will already make you look hot, but the more exercise you do the nicer those clothes will look on you.
Spend enough money on the clothes that feel that you really must use them. You never know, once you hit the gym or go out running, you could very well end up developing a crush on a certain someone, and there’s no doubt that this is one of the greatest motivators ever.
Also, if you’re dressed nicely you’ll feel confident around this person. And you’ll no doubt want to keep seeing them, which means you’ll definitely want to keep working out.
What’s more, if you do end up in a relationship with them, you now have a new workout partner! That’s a lot better than meeting someone in a bar who becomes a drinking partner.
I’m sure many of you will be able to add something to the list, so please share. Would you be interested in doing some of the things discussed here?
Let me know in the comments below.