Let's face it: we aren't internally motivated enough to drag ourselves to the gym each day. We also aren't all fortunate enough to have a personal trainer dragging us there. So, for my fellow lazy girl readers, here's how you can get a perfect body without becoming one of those "productive" people.
1. Change Your Diet
Whether you're a lazy lady or active one, a major component of transforming your body is changing your diet. Luckily, it's also one of the easiest steps! You have to eat, right? And it doesn't take any more effort to reach for an apple instead of chips or candy!
2. Take the Stairs
A healthy diet helps, but some sort of movement is critical, too. A simple way to burn a few extra calories every day is to take the stairs everywhere you go that's under five or six flights. You'll not only save time, but you'll burn a few calories and tone your butt and leg muscles! Check out stepjockey.com for more interesting stair-climbing facts.
3. Work While You Watch
What's the universal lazy girl pastime? TV! So take advantage of those hours you spend glued in front of the screen and turn them into a time of productivity. Workout while you watch TV instead of sitting on the couch snacking. The show will distract you, and you can even make the workout fun trying out one of the routines listed here: buzzfeed.com.
4. Go outside
Spending time in the great outdoors almost guarantees you’ll be active—but of course, not too active! Head down to the park or beach and you'll find yourself walking around, burning calories with every step! But it doesn't feel like a workout, so you can maintain your title as Lazy Fit Chick.
5. Drink More Water
Drinking water doesn't take any effort, so there's nothing to stop you from doing it! Even though this is by far the easiest change to make, it's also one of the most effective. Drinking more water each day will suppress your appetite, improve your metabolism, and even burn calories if you drink ice water! With all of those benefits, what's stopping you from chugging a water bottle right now?
6. Make Exercise a Social Event
All of these small changes can add up over time to improve your body, but if your goal is to get a perfect body in a shorter amount of time, you;re going to have to exercise. But don't worry, it doesn't have to be a total chore! If you get your friends involved, they’ll distract you and it won’t feel like a workout, just like a hangout! Also, having people depending on you will encourage you to actually get up to avoid seeming flaky.
7. Prepare the Night before
Maybe having friends call and text you to "get your lazy butt out here!" still isn't enough motivation. If that's the case, try out an extra line of defense against your laziness. Start preparing for your workout the night before. Set out your workout gear on your bed, put a water bottle and healthy snack in your fridge, etc. Do whatever you need to do ahead of time so that in the morning all you have to do is get up and go!
8. Set a Goal
If you want to make a new fitness goal stick (say, running), set a concrete goal (like running a particular 5k on a certain date), and do it!
9. Cut out the Cola
Soda, even (believe it or not) diet soda, is so bad for you, and can really sabotage a healthy body, so cut it out of your meal plan entirely, okay? Replace it with water (add a lemon slice if it's bland) and you'll be so glad you did.
10. Walk It off
Running or killing it at the gym might be a little intimidating, but walking? Anyone can do that! Go for a walk every day, for 30 to 40 minutes, and get a little brisker... then work up to running now and again, then do a little more running than walking... it's really going to help!
11. Color Your Plate
Tomatoes are red, blueberries are blue, if your meal is colorful, it's better for you. (Terrible poem aside, it's true: the more colorful your food is, the better it is for you.)
12. Know Your Serving Sizes
A serving of meat is only the size of a deck of cards, so why is the chicken breast at a restaurant so giant? Learn what a serving size looks like, and stick to it.
13. Dress for Success
Put on your gym or running clothes as soon as you wake up in the morning, and you'll be much more likely to actually work out. Seriously! It works for me.
14. Track It, Baby!
I use a fitness tracking app and there's nothing like watching the miles I run add up every week, month, and year... talk about motivation!
15. Sleep, Sweetheart
If you sleep well, and enough, you'll find it so much easier to get healthier... this includes weight loss, exercise, and even avoiding being sick. Sweet!
A lazy personality and a hot body can coexist, I promise you! Try these tips and you'll start to see slow but steady changes appear on your body. What other advice do you have for lazy ladies who want a perfect body?