Part of being a successful vegetarian is more than just cutting meat from your diet, you have to exercise in order for your health to really take charge of your well-being. The exercises that we will recommend are simple and easy to do. We will list (5) exercises that if done daily, along with a balanced vegetarian diet, will make you looking lean and feeling healthy. Remember that these exercises are not a destination, they are a new part of your lifestyle, and you should continue to do them for as long as you can.
Exercising can seem painful to those who don't participate, but its actually addicting once you get started and get comfortable. It becomes part of your everyday life without even thinking about it. Remember to listen to your favorite music while exercising to help you stay motivated.
Exercise #1: Walking. The most important one of them all. Walking 30 minutes every morning after breakfast and 30 minutes after dinner will do a wonder for you. You can take your dogs, push a stroller, it does not matter, as long as you commit to this (1) exercise. You don't have to power walk, but don't be a turtle either. Walk at a good pace, about 1 mile in 16 minutes. If you work M-F from 9 to 5, either wake up earlier to walk in the morning or walk after you eat your lunch during your break. On weekends try walking (1) hour in the mornings instead of 30 minutes. Make walking enjoyable, use an Ipod to listen to music, walk in parks, go hiking or walk through your neighborhood, whatever is comfortable to you.
Exercise #2: Stretching. First thing and last thing you do everyday should be this. Spend about 3-5 minutes stretching your legs and arms. Reach your arms up to the sky with your feet about 20 inches apart, then put your feet together and touch your toes without bending your knees for about 30 seconds. If you do this everyday, you will eventually touch your feet as your body becomes more flexible. Twist your waist from left to right for about 25 reps and then swing your arms for about 25 reps.
Exercise #3: Sit Ups: Start by doing 25 reps (3) times a week. After about 1 month, move it to 50 reps (3) times a week. Preferred time is in the morning. Remember to keep your legs together and your arms criss-crossed over your chest.
Exercise #4: This is the simplest of all. Always park on the furthest parking spot when ever you go somewhere. We are so used to finding the closest spot to the entrance of the grocery store, post office, theme park, mall, etc. find the furthest spot and get used to parking far away, the extra walking will do wonders for you in the long run.
Exercise #5: About 2-3 months into your exercise plan, start considering playing some type of sport, either tennis, swimming or whatever you like. You don't have to be a pro or even good, its just the fact of getting out and exercising without trying. Playing tennis for example is one of the best exercises, but you don't think about it when you are playing, you are so focused on hitting every ball and running after it that you forget you are exercising.
Follow these (5) simple steps and commit to them the rest of your life and not only will you stay in the best shape of your life, but when combined with a balanced vegetarian diet, you will feel better than you ever felt in your life.
This website is intended as a reference only, not as a medical manual. The information given is designed to help you make informed decisions about your health. It is not intended as a substitute for any treatment that may have been prescribed by your doctor. If you feel that you have a medical problem, please seek immediate medical help. Before starting any diet, you should consult with your doctor.