1. Choose an exercise that you will enjoy and suits your schedule. Everyone likes different activities and have different responsibilities. Find an exercise that you enjoy and doesn’t conflict with your schedules – if you find one that you don’t enjoy or have a hard time finding time for, you probably won’t keep it up.
2. Don’t be idle. If you’re standing, try walking around. This is especially good if you’re thinking about something – pacing around will help.
3. If you’re standing, you should walk. If you’re sitting, you should stand. The goal is to be in a position that you will be using more energy.
4. This rule is extended even to the point that when you’re lying down, you should sit.
5. Avoid becoming couch potato. We are familiar with the image of a couch potato – a slouched person on a couch in front of the TV, usually eating some kind of fried snack.
If you often find yourself acting like a couch potato, you must get rid of the habit drastically and abruptly. Some good measures to take are to remove any comfortable chairs away from the TV, and perhaps even replace it with an uncomfortable one. The key is to reduce your inclination towards becoming a couch potato.
6. If you have a sitting job, stand up and stretch yourself every half an hour. Most of the jobs today are indeed sitting jobs that are in one word sedentary. This is especially true for those who sit and punch away at the keyboard or toy with the mouse all day long. So if you have such a job, make it a point to get up at least every half an hour and stretch yourself.
7. Even while making telephone calls or other chores that allow it, walk around. This is an excellent way to throw in a little exercise with your regular activities.
8. Whenever possible, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Elevators are very convenient going up tall buildings, but they will also make us extremely lay. This does not mean you always have to take the stairs all the way up to the 20th floor, which will be exhausting, but taking the stairs down isn’t too bad. Also, the elevator isn’t even much quicker than the stairs, as the doors always take so long to close and open.
9. Smoking is bad for your health as well as weight loss. Smoking by itself may not contribute to weight loss but smoking actually leads to other conditions like bad eating habits and excessive dependence on other products, like coffee.
10. If you hate running, keep in mind you do not have to run for very long to stay fit. 10 minutes of cardio each day is good enough.