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2020 Fitness Goals: Shed Pounds and Keep Moving

By Stephen R. Farris

One of your goals this year might be to lose a few extra pounds, especially after eating all that delicious food during the last few months, thanks to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. While not holidays themselves, but considered as such to sports fans at least, throw in all the snacking from the college football national championship and the NFL Super Bowl as well.

That's a lot of "good" eating, but not so much if you're trying to eat right and stay fit. So now it's back to the gym and backing away from the dinner table.

If you've started off your goal of getting into shape by eating healthy, then you might be wondering what types of exercises you can do to aid your weight loss goals. There are plenty to choose, from high intensity exercises to those a bit less intense. It's probably a good idea to start things slow and build your way up, so let's take a quick look at some you might consider at the beginning.

Cardio

Did you know the faster your heart beats through exercise, the more your body burns fat? It's true, according to research. That's why it's important to include cardio exercise into your regimen to help burn calories. Jogging, swimming, walking briskly or aerobic exercising can get your heart rate up. One simple exercise you can do is jumping rope. Chances are you did this in kindergarten or elementary school physical education classes or out on the playground. 

Strength Training

One important aspect of losing weight is to burn fat, not muscle. You should include strength training as a part of your exercise routine. If you don't have the budget for a gym membership, then invest in hand weights. They are available in different sizes, easy to use and you can do a variety of exercises to help maintain muscle strength while also burning a few calories. Using the resistance of body weight, such as push-ups, can also help keep muscles fit.

Just Keep Moving

A few everyday things you can do to keep moving and help burn a few calories may surprise you. If you work in a multi-level office building, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park as far away from the main entrance to work as possible. This way you'll get in a few extra steps before sitting behind your desk the rest of the day, and a little leg stretch afterwards too. 

Eating healthy and keeping your body moving can help you reach your fitness goals quicker than you think.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Surprise, Ariz.

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