1. Get rid of your car. Seriously. Not only will you save money, you will lose that weight and anxiety you get from driving a car everywhere. People make many excuses for why they need a car, but most of the time, it is out of convenience, not out of necessity. I lost a solid 5 pounds when I got rid of my car because I was forced not to be lazy. I would walk and ride my bike everywhere, and take public transit which still required me to walk to and from each locale. When I did get lazy, I took cabs and/or ride shares, but I usually was able to guilt trip myself into doing the more active thing. My body has thanked me for this and so has my back. You would not believe what consistent moving will do for a body and your overall well-being. My anxiety and stress levels have gone way down since I gave up my car, which also helped me burn stubborn calories. Stress fat doesn’t exist you say? Look it up, it does!
3. Fix things yourself and make stuff by learning a trade. Carpentry, plumbing, mechanics or small repairs will require you to DO something, as opposed to sitting there and having someone do it for you. You probably won’t be a pro at fixing things yourself which will require you to sweat and toil a bit, which is great for burning calories. In addition, the sweet satisfaction you will get from fixing something yourself will release a ton of dopamine and you can gloat to all your friends, and look hot while you do it.
Wait, that’s it? What’s the catch? The only catch is that this requires effort, motivation and will only work if you change yourself and your lifestyle. There are no shortcuts and changing your convenient habits is not always fun at first. But, it does get fun. I have so many funny/interesting/frustrating/ fun stories from these three tips I followed and my life is richer for it.
As Biggie would say, "if you don't know...now you know!"