Whether you’ve decided to get in better shape as part of a New Year’s resolution, for summer bathing suit season or you just want to boost your normal routine, there’s never a bad time to get fit and shed those last extra pounds. And odds are you want to lose weight fast.
But if you’ve ever tried losing weight, getting in shape, or simply leading a healthier lifestyle, you know that it’s not as easy as just changing your diet and squeezing in more workouts. That’s why I’ve rounded up my favorite 49 ways to help you get healthy and fit.
From exercising for short bursts of time to making weekly menus to even having a cheat meal, these 49 workout, diet and lifestyle tips to lose weight fast will help you achieve your health and fitness goals.* Just remember, this is not only about losing weight, but living a better healthier, happier life!
How to Lose Weight Fast: WORKOUT SECRETS
1. Schedule workouts
Pencil workouts into your daily planner the same way you do dinner with friends or that important business meeting. This will help hold you accountable. It’ll also force you to choose a specific time to get your sweat on, making it more likely you’ll stick to it.
2. Break up workouts throughout the day
Can’t carve out a full 30 minutes or an hour of exercise time in one go? Opt for shorter bouts of exercise throughout the day instead. The latest science suggests that several short exercise bursts provide the same health and fitness benefits as a similar amount of exercise done in one longer workout — and, in some cases, reap even more rewards.
Try a quick cardio circuit in the morning, a brisk stroll during your lunch hour and an after-dinner strength session. There’s no need to do it all at once.
3. Don’t let traveling derail your efforts
Being away from your normal routine doesn’t mean your healthy efforts need fall to the wayside. Jog a few miles on the hotel gym’s treadmill, scope out a local barre studio and pop in for a class, take a walking tour of the city, rent a bike and explore or even do a quick workout in your hotel room.
Try these resistance band exercises; they make for a quick workout, and a band takes up little space in your bag, making it perfect for when you’re on the go.
4. Add variety to your routine
Keep your muscles guessing by cross training and trying different workouts or tweaking your usual routine. You’ll work new muscles and beat boredom while trying something new. Also, studies show that you’re more likely to stick with your daily exercise routine if you switch up your workouts. Are you a CrossFit junkie? Stretch out at a yoga class. Is running more your style? Try adding some speed intervals throughout your usual route.
5. But don’t force yourself to do an activity you dislike
If you hate an activity, you’re likely much less likely to stick with it. This doesn’t mean shying away from activities that challenge you — that’s how your body changes! But if you dread swimming, there’s no reason to force yourself into the pool five times a week. Working out shouldn’t be a chore; it should be something you look forward to.
6. Do it on a budget
It’s easy to think that getting in shape will be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Aside from outdoor activities like walking, running and hiking, there are many other ways to get in a great workout without spending much money. Try a YouTube workout, check out low-cost community fitness centers or invest in a few quality exercise videos.
7. Crank up the music
It’s been scientifically proven that listening to upbeat music during exercise helps you work harder and enjoy both the workout and the music more. Plus, it can help pass the time during a particularly intense part of your workout.
And it’s super easy! All you have to do is add your favorite fast-paced jams to a playlist and get moving.
8. Exercise with a group
Not only do activities like group fitness exercises help hold you accountable to a specific time and place to work out, it’s also a great way to meet friends. After all, you’re likely to start seeing and befriending class regulars. Classes also provide an opportunity to try something new in a safe, supportive environment.
If working out in a studio isn’t your thing, check sites like Meetup to find local groups in sports you’re interested in. From running groups to walking to lose weight to bike riding communities, there’s probably a group interested in the same activities as you.
9. Start your day with a workout
If you constantly find that there’s not enough time during the day to squeeze in a workout, it might be time to jumpstart your day with one. Getting exercise in the morning has a variety of perks: You’ll be energized throughout the day, unexpected time commitments won’t jeopardize your fitness plans and you’re more likely to make healthier choices.
And here’s a bonus tip: Make setting the alarm clock early a bit easier by prepping your workout essentials the night before so you can grab and go.
10. Get results fast with burst training
Burst training is interval training that combines short, high-intensity bursts of exercise with slow recovery phases. This method of exercise helps your body burn fat faster because your metabolism stays elevated for up to 48 hours after exercise. When you’re short on time but want fast results, it’s a super effective option to lose weight fast.
11. Skip the scale
When you’re trying to lose weight, the scale can be deceiving. That’s because it doesn’t take into account that you are probably adding muscle. So even though you’re making progress, the number on your scale might not budge (or it could even go up), which can be defeating.
And while a pound of fat is still the same as a pound of muscle, because muscle is lean and smooth, you can be shedding inches while remaining the same weight. To get a more accurate depiction of how your body is changing, use body measurement tape instead to track your size and progress.
12. Incorporate weight lifting
Could lifting weights truly be one of the fastest ways to lose weight? Savvy exercisers know that the best workouts don’t include just cardio, but incorporate strength training as well.
Building muscle helps you lose inches all around, keeps your metabolism going after leaving the gym and will help you look better, too. Researchers even discovered that weight trainingcould be more beneficial for reducing belly fat than aerobic exercise.
And ladies, don’t stress — weight lifting will not make you bulk up. So if you’re looking to get that toned look, pick up those weights and make them a regular part of your routine.
13. Consider using a personal trainer
If you’re at a total loss as to how to begin a fitness routine, have an injury or other health issues or simply want to learn how to maximize your gym time, considering investing in a personal trainer. They can help shape a fitness program to reach your goals while taking into account any special considerations.
A certified personal trainer can be a great way to kick-start your healthy lifestyle or help get you over a weight loss plateau. Scheduling one with a few friends can keep costs down, too.