Can exercise really help me lose weight? Helpful hints & tips on exercising

Weight-Loss-Diet-GuideRegular physical activity may help you lose weight and keep it off. It may also improve your energy level and mood, and lower your risk for developing heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, experts believe all adults should be physically active. Some activity is better than none, and individuals who engage in any amount of physical activity may gain some health benefits. The majority of your physical activity should be moderate to vigorous in intensity. However, adults should aim to include muscle-strengthening activities as well. For more information on the Physical Activity Guidelines, see the “Other Resources” section at the end of this brochure.

Step-AerobicYou can be physically active every day for one extended period of time, or you can break it up into shorter ses­sions of 20, 15, or even 10 minutes. Try some of these physical activities:

  • Walking (15 minutes per mile or 4 miles per hour)
  • Biking
  • Tennis
  • Aerobic exercise classes (step aerobics, kick boxing, dancing)
  • Energetic house or yard work (gardening, raking, mopping, vacuuming)

 

Some time-tested exercise tips to lose weight

Following are some key tips to get you started:

exercise1. Choose activities that you think you’ll enjoy. Most people will stick to their exercise program if they are having fun, even though they are working hard.

2. Set aside a regular exercise time. Whether this means joining an exercise class or getting up a little earlier every day, make time for this addition to your routine and don’t let anything get in your way. Planning ahead will help you get around interruptions in your workout schedule, such as bad weather and vacations.

3. Set short term goals. Don’t expect to lose 20 pounds in two weeks. It has taken awhile for you to gain the weight; it will take time to lose it. Keep a record of your progress and tell your friends and family about your achievements.

Vary-your-Workout4. Vary your exercise program. Change exercises or invite friends to join you to make your workout more enjoyable. There is no single “best” exercise, just the one that works best for you. It won’t be easy, especially at the start. But as you begin to feel better, look better and enjoy a new zest for life, you will be rewarded many times over for your efforts.

 

Finally, do remember that even regular exercise alone, cannot help you achieve your weight loss and fitness goals. 

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