Not all fat is bad. In fact, you need a small amount of fat each day as part of a healthy diet. If you're looking for some "good" fat, enjoy some avocado (delicious in guacamole) or a handful of nuts, and try alternating your regular cooking oil with olive oil, which is rich in monounsaturated fats (which are "good").
Start a fitness club with friends - even long distance. Social networks like Facebook and MySpace let you form groups where you can share goals and successes, and receive advice and support when you're struggling. Stay in touch and stay fit, for free!
Want to work out, but can't commit to a gym? Your home offers tons of exercise options. Walk up and down stairs to work your lower body; use canned soups as handheld weights for strengthening; vacuum your rooms for some cardio; and use TV time to stretch out your muscles.
Step up! Boost your workout slowly (but meaningfully) by adding one flight of stairs (up and down) each day
Step up! Boost your workout slowly (but meaningfully) by adding one flight of stairs (up and down) each day. You'll burn extra calories and quickly start to see muscle toning in your legs, hips, thighs and buttocks. Within a week you'll be spending seven to ten minutes climbing stairs - a healthy addition to your routine!
Get your groove on. Dancing is a great way to burn calories and have fun at the same time. From swing to samba, hip-hop to fox trot, you can burn hundreds of calories per hour on the dance floor. Or create your own playlist and turn your living room into a dance studio!
You love your gym, but your wallet doesn't - and you're not big into outdoor fitness. Don't fret: many gyms offer reduced-rate memberships for clients who only work out on weekdays or evenings. Odds are good you can negotiate a deal and still get the benefits of your gym, within your budget.
Take 10,000 steps. Sound intimidating? It's not hard to do if you keep track of your progress with a pedometer. Wear it from the waking hour to bedtime, and you'll see that some small steps - like parking at the far end of your lot or walking over to a co-worker's office instead of sending an email - add up fast.
Make a splash! Water sports and activities offer excellent exercise benefits. Swimming works out all your muscle groups and helps build lung capacity; water aerobics offers all the cardio and almost none of the joint stress of land-based activities.
Running shoes looking a little scruffy? If it's been six months since your last sneaker purchase (and you use them regularly), it's probably time for a shopping trip. And for better foot (and shoe) health, buy two different pairs and rotate them every other day.
Boredom is a silent killer...of your workout goals. Stop doing the same routine over and over, and start trying something new. Not only will you eliminate boredom, but you'll also work out different muscle groups and improve your overall results.