For many of us, our health goals are to be healthy and happy, and to look and feel younger. That also means for many of us that losing a bit of weight is an important step towards achieving that goal. While diet and exercise are important, incorporating some of these easy moves throughout the day will help. These weight loss moves are easy to incorporate into your day so that doing them every day is easy.
7 Easy Weight Loss Moves for Your Daily Routine We’ve chosen these moves because they are simple enough to do every day, even while you’re sitting at work or watching your child’s soccer practice. In order for them to work, however, you have to do them regularly.
We carry a lot of stress in our forehead and temple, which can often lead to tension and wrinkles. This move is simple to do at your desk whenever you need just a quick, relaxing break from your stressful workday. (1)
Place your elbows on your desk with your palms facing upwards. Relax your neck and place your forehead on the bottom of your palms, with your palms sitting just above your eyebrows. Do gentle circular movements, moving your palms from your eyebrows to your hairline. Repeat until you have covered the entire surface of your forehead, always moving from the eyebrows upward, never the other way around.
2. Clenching Fists for Healthy Veins Often we show age in our hands. Keep your veins healthy and hands looking young with this move you can do literally anywhere. (2) Clench and unclench your fists without relaxing the muscles. Repeat 20 times, three to four times each day.
3. Doorway for Posture This exercise stretches out your chest and helps to loosen the shoulders. It is important that you go gently with this one so you don’t injure yourself. (4)
Standing in a doorway, hold both sides of the door at the waist-level. Very gently lean slightly forward, so that you get a bit of a stretch through your chest and shoulders. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds and repeat several times per day.
4. Glute Toners These are two exercises that you can do to help lift and tone your bum while sitting at your desk, driving in your car, or walking between meetings. (5)
Sitting or standing, squeeze and relax your glute muscles for 20 seconds. Take a 10-second break and repeat five times. Tense your glutes while walking. When you take a step with your right foot, tense your right glute muscle. Do the same on the left side. Take 30 steps doing the exercise then take 30 steps of rest. Repeat five times. 5. Head Turn for Neck Muscles We also tend to store a lot of tension in our necks. This exercise can be done anytime, anywhere to help relieve that tension. (7)
Massage the back of your neck, starting from the base of your neck up to your head. Sitting or standing with your back straight, turn your head from one side to the other. Try to feel the muscles in your neck stretching. Repeat 20 times. 6. Stomach Vacuums Stomach vacuums are a fantastic core exercise to train even your deepest core muscles. It will also help to train the abdominal muscles to lay flat. Do this first thing in the morning on all fours, then throughout your day while sitting or standing. The only time it is not suggested to do this is immediately following a meal. (8)
Sitting or standing with your back straight, slowly breathe in and out while keeping your tummy sucked in towards your spine. Hold this position for 10 to 15 seconds, rest, and repeat five times.
7. Walking on Your Bum for Cellulite Prevention This exercise does several jobs, including improving circulation, and temporarily increases your metabolic rate. (9)
Sit on the floor on a non-slippery surface. Pull your right leg and glute muscle from the floor and move it forward. Switch legs, moving back and forth in a walking motion. Complete at least 30 steps.
The Bottom Line While these exercises aren’t necessarily big calorie-burners, they will help you to both tone up and relax your body. The less tension you carry in your body, the more relaxed, happy, energetic, and younger you will feel and look.