Obesity is now considered an epidemic in the medical sector. In fact, before you smoke, it will soon become a major cause of preventable death in the United States. Obesity leads to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, and an increased risk of cancer. With all these health risks and the resulting overall improvement in quality of life, losing weight is one of the best things you can do on your own.
No matter what we want to believe, there is no quick solution to losing weight. The body loses excess fat when it needs more calories to function in response to the demands it makes on a particular day than it is given. It’s that easy. Therefore, in order to lose weight, you need to burn less calories and burn more.
There are a wide range of options to choose from when looking for a weight loss program. Everyone spends a lot of time explaining what to eat, how much, and when and in what combination.
However, few people emphasize the importance of exercise, not only for weight loss, but also for overall health and well-being. Exercise is essential for weight loss for several reasons:
First, eating less will slow down your metabolism a bit. Exercise helps your metabolism return to efficient levels. Second, as mentioned above, exercise burns more calories, so you can lose weight faster and stay motivated in your efforts. Third, exercise releases endorphins, a chemical that keeps you morale high.
Exercise does not necessarily mean spending hours in the gym or doing strenuous exercise. In fact, exercise must be something you enjoy in order for you to last long distances.
Start by raising your overall activity level. If possible, go up the stairs. When shopping, please park away from the mall door. Take a walk in the park or your favorite neighborhood and bring your dog or friends. Take dance and martial arts lessons.
When you’re totally active, it’s easier and more natural to switch to normal exercise. What you may need to do to see consistent, significant health benefits. Your heart rate should be raised to fat burning levels and maintained for at least 20 minutes at least three times a week.
However, if you don’t want to go to the gym, there are other options. Videos and DVDs are now available for all types of exercises. In this way, you can change your routine at any time, so you never get tired of what you are doing. Try a variety of aerobics, kickboxing, yoga, or whatever activity you like from the comfort of your home.
If you have physical restrictions that prevent you from exercising, you can always find a way to increase your activity level. Aquagym relieves weight-to-body pressure and is a great option for people with joint problems or difficulty walking. But you still have stamina to challenge your muscles in the water. There are also lessons and videos where you can sit and practice.
Regardless of which type of exercise you choose, it’s important to stay motivated and enjoyable. Form a group and make it a sociable event. Or buy a pedometer.
A pedometer is a device that measures your walking distance and how many kilometers you can walk each week. Compete with friends and family and treat the winner with something special (not related to food!). Exercise what you like and it will soon become part of a healthy lifestyle.