Personal trainer: Small changes in physical activity makes big difference in weight

AP News Staff
September 20, 2018 - 6:42 am

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At a time when a third of people in Kansas and Missouri are considered obese, a lot of people are looking for ways to break out of their sedentary lifestyles.

It is easy to become stuck in a rut when it comes to exercise. Most people look for ways to reduce movement, like  taking the elevator instead of the stairs.

Just a few key adjustments to daily routines can make a big difference, said Madison Freeman, ACE certified personal trainer.

"We've all heard it, but few of us actually do it, but park in the farthest parking spot in your lot," Freeman said. "Those are those extra steps that are really going to help start your day off right."

Using a balance ball instead of a chair will help strengthen core muscles and burn extra calories, Freeman said. She also recommends increasing water consumption.

"Drink a ton of water -- not only will this encourage you to get up an move and go to the bathroom, but it will also help flush out and keep your body regulated," Freeman said. "Water is the magic pill that no one seems to want to talk about."

It also regulates metabolism, wards off hunger, and boosts energy. Freeman says moderation and consistency in everything is important for a healthy lifestyle.

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