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1. Spend time with Fido
Sure, having to walk your four-legged friend will get you moving and burning calories, but there’s more to it than that. Studies show that having a pet helps relieve stress, a major contributor to your expanding waistline due to cortisol – the hormone released into your bloodstream in response to a fight-or-flight situation. Getting out with your furry companion is a great way to get a double dose of fat-fighting activity.
2. Sign up for a fundraiser
Committing to participate in an event that supports a worthy cause is a great way to get you training, fundraising and shedding fat all at once. Try a national event like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the world’s largest 5K run/walk. This event, which runs locally in various cities across the US, raises funds for breast cancer research.
3. Enter a fitness event
It’s all about setting goals. Consider training for a fitness competition in your city; that extra push could help you keep your eye on the prize. It could be just the motivation you need to shed those last 10 pounds. Check out local gyms or community centers for events in your area.
4. Have a potluck makeover
Host a potluck dinner and invite friends over to reinvent high-fat entrees into clean, nutritious versions.