Guest Post from Shannon Wills

The worst part of exercising for fitness freaks is when they’re forced to take a break from doing what they love so much for some reason or the other. You may be sidelined by an injury or too busy with work and other activities to follow your regular exercise routine, and one side effect of this is that you tend to put on weight even before you realize you’ve done so, especially if the break extends for some time. While it may not be possible for you to exercise according to your regular schedule, there are methods that you could adopt to ensure that you do not add on those unnecessary pounds that you worked so hard to shed in the first place.

  • Put five minutes to good use: Yes, believe it or not, there are exercises that can be packed into five minutes and which pack a punch as well in the weight loss and toning department. If you have five minutes to yourself, do three sets of squats, with 10 reps each. It’s actually going to take you less than five minutes to get through the entire exercise. You can alternate this with lunges, with three sets of 5 reps for each leg. You not only burn calories with this workout, you also tone your thighs and butt and prevent them from becoming flabby.

  • Watch what you eat: Even though you’re not exercising as you do regularly, your appetite is still going to remain the same. And when you consume more calorie than you burn, you know what’s going to happen – the flab is going to start appearing in places that stick out like sore thumbs. Your clothes become tight and you have to start your weight loss initiative all over again. So watch what you eat, and satisfy your hunger with foods that are filling, yet low in calories.

  • Work out when sedentary: If you’re in bed and reading a book or going over the day’s reports, do a few sets of leg lifts to keep your thighs and calf muscles toned and strong. If you’re seated at a desk all day, get up and walk around for a few minutes every two hours or so. Take the stairs up to your office and park away from the entrance so that you’re forced to walk some distance. And avoid a sedentary lifestyle as much as possible – if you’re watching television, try working out at the same time too.

It’s not fair, but it has to be accepted – losing weight takes a lot of hard work and time while gaining it back is very easy and quick. And only when you are aware of this fact is it possible to control your urges, watch what you eat, and grab every minute of exercise that you can to avoid putting on weight again.

This article is written by Shannon Wills, who writes on the topic of Physical Therapy Assistant Schools . She welcomes your comments at her email id : .

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