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Get your burn on! Besides being essential for overall physical + mental health and well-being, having several good sweat sessions each week is great for your skin, gets rid of toxins and helps you create that daily caloric deficit (or helps you burn the pasta you plan on having at dinner).

You can lose weight without exercise by severely restricting calories, but severely restricting calories is usually unhealthy and you would likely lose a lot of muscle mass. The more muscle mass you have the more calories your body burns while resting – a good reason to add resistance training to your workouts several days a week.

The key is finding a workout you love to do and can fit into your schedule. Don’t keep forcing yourself to do the same boring workout. If it is boring to you, it is very likely you will give up on it. Keep trying different things until you find that one (or three!) that you love. Many studios and gyms offer free trials – go with a friend. Most gyms offer a free personal training session when you join and have group fitness classes so you can constantly change your workouts.

Working out can also be a social outlet – many fitness programs such as Orangetheory Fitness and CrossFit have a cult following and strong bonds are formed among members. Train for a marathon, Spartan Race or Tough Mudder with a group of friends. Run each morning before work with a neighbor or after work with a colleague. If exercising outside of the home is not an option, do a HIIT workout video before the kids wake up or buy a Peloton bike and take a spin class. There are also a lot of great fitness experts on Instagram you can follow to get inspiration and workouts from.

The point is that there are many ways to trim to fat (literally). Just keep at it until you find the one that is right for you!

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