The words diet, exercise, and workout go together so often that it may be impossible to read or hear one without thinking of another. For overweight Americans who struggle with personal discipline, there is a mountain of advice available for those fighting the weight-loss battle.
But what if nothing is working? Experts agree that there are many alternative strategies for staying fit, including many that can be worked into your daily lifestyle.
Active outdoor hobbies
Even if hiking, mountain biking, or outdoor yoga seem exhausting or tedious, there are many fun outdoor activities that can become an enjoyable fitness routine. Try exploring some old-fashioned outdoor sports in a brand-new way.
Sure, you can play 18 holes riding in a golf car and eating hot dogs, but try walking at least 9 holes and carrying or pulling your own clubs. It might not be easy to lose weight sitting in a bass boat and drinking beer, but try fly fishing or canoeing back and forth from your favorite casting hole.
Even simple field sports like croquet can help the obese lose weight if walked briskly from shot to shot.
Use Public Transportation
Studies show that auto drivers who switch public transportation experienced an average .32 reduction in BMI, or body mass index. Apart from the benefit of reduced stress and auto maintenance, just walking to a nearby train station can be a way to increase metabolism and take off extra pounds. So set aside those car keys and ride the rails!
Want to keep fit? Give your maid or gardener some time off. Studies indicate that cleaning your house or apartment burns 238 calories an hour on average, while gardening burns almost 300 on average. Shoveling snow is the real whopper, burning almost 500 calories an hour. No need to ask a neighbor’s kid to help dig out in the winter – save that $20 and improve your fitness.
Future Research Possibilities
Among the potential health products in clinical testing, peptides have been shown to help eliminate unwanted fat in recent research studies. One such peptide is Ipamorelin, a pentapeptide hormone originally developed by Nova Nordisk. Scientific studies based on animal test subjects have shown that Ipamorelin is highly potent and may help increase bone mass and naturally increase growth hormone while being relatively free of side effects. This peptide is still under research and is not yet approved for human use or consumption by the FDA. You can learn more about Ipamorelin here.
Eat The Weeds
A fun, exercise-filled way to help maintain a diet is harvesting wild food. You do not have to be an expert or a woodsman, in fact, you may begin by picking dandelions or easily-spotted wood sorrel from your own yard. Both are delicious when added to a well-prepared salad. You can learn more about foraging for wild food on various popular websites or by purchasing handy field guides.
Remember there are a thousand ways to lose weight, so never despair even if the popular methods don’t fit with your lifestyle. Healthy choices and body-healthy investments are there for us all.