Exercise for Weight Loss

“Exercise and fitness are an effective part of any weight loss program.

It’s a simple equation – to lose fat, you must burn more calories than you take in from food. The reality is – most of us hate it! Not enough time, too hard, and… so we go back to sitting on the couch. Finding the motivation, time, and right weight loss exercises cause us to stumble. Yet exercise is important for so many areas of our health (mental well-being, metabolism, fat loss, heart condition, and longer life). We don’t spend any money on exercise or fitness, and we don’t invest anything into it. Its not surprising we give up so easily.

Exercise + right eating = weight loss

What Exercises and How Much?

Regular exercise can speed up your metabolism, thus burning more energy – and fat. What is aerobic exercise? For many of us, it conjures up those images of sweaty gyms, wearing a large T-shirt, and watching all those others wearing their tight leotards moving so well to the music. But it does not have to be this way. Aerobic exercise can be any cardiovascular exercise that is sustained for a long period of time. This could be 25 minutes of walking, running, in-line skating, even time on the rowing machine.

There are many different ideas as to “how long is enough?”. Some recommend shorter bursts (20 minutes), while others recommend an hour of cardiovascular activity. The fact is, for many of us – it is very hard to find the time – a lifestyle change is needed.

Start small and work up – aim for some exercise 3 times a week. It doesn’t mean you need to sign up with a gym – and if its hard to get outside, you can look at getting some of your own fitness equipment (such as a rowing machine, or exercise bike).

When is the best time? Despite there being a lot of diet plans, supplements, and pills that assist in weight loss (some will work for you and some won’t). The healthiest way is to include some kind of exercise program into the mix – the benefits are many. Most people find that exercise first thing in the morning works best. It leaves you with a feeling of well-being all day – and also kicks your fat-burning metabolism into gear for the WHOLE DAY. If exercise is done at night, you generally go to sleep soon after (where your metabolism goes way down). Some recommend not eating anything before the morning exercise, while others recommend eating breakfast. Find out what works for you – if you can happily exercise on an empty stomach, then do so. But don’t forget to eat breakfast afterwards!”

Read, copied/pasted, and trainer approved from http://www.freedieting.com/exercise_weight_loss.htm

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