Best Exercises For Losing Weight
Here's how to select the
Exercise is an essential part of any weight-loss program. It can accelerate your weight-loss results as well as helping you keep the weight off long term.
Unfortunately though, many people have negative associations with exercise. This may have resulted from an experience in their past or from incorrect beliefs they have around exercise.
For example, many people believe that exercise has to be hard if they want to get results. 'No Pain, No Gain' is a commonly used slogan. Plus, they see weight-loss programs on TV with overweight people working out very hard and they can't see themselves exercising at that level of intensity.
The fact is the best exercises for losing weight must be fun if you want results. If it isn't fun then the likelihood that you will make it a permanent part of your life is very low. This of course means that you will eventually stop performing the exercise and will likely regain the weight you lost! If you are over the age of 50, exercise becomes even more important.
Our society's belief that we should 'slow down' as we age is totally incorrect. In fact, we should exercise even more as we get older! It will force our body to maintain its natural youthful vigour and energy as well as keep the weight off as we age.
Of course, it is not necessary to exercise at the level of intensity that we may have done in previous years but it is necessary to perform close to the same amount (duration) of exercise that we have done in the past. Better yet, we should perform even more!
Plus, we need to find the type of exercise that suits us physically as well as fitting into our lifestyle. If we have arthritic joints then high impact activities like running probably wouldn't suit us and swimming, rowing or cycling may be better options.
Perhaps you enjoy taking the dog for a leisurely morning walk. Walking is probably the best exercise to lose weight for most people because it is easy to do, doesn't require any special equipment and is something we do every day anyway! However, if you are serious about losing weight then you must walk at a brisk pace. Unfortunately, a leisurely walk, whilst it may burn off a few calories, isn't one of the best exercises for losing weight.
The best exercise to lose weight must suit your lifestyle and be something you can see yourself doing long term. Find the type of exercise or exercises you enjoy and can see becoming a permanent part of your lifestyle.
Ideally, exercise must become something you do every day. Always keep in mind though, there is a difference between 'exercise' and 'activity'. Exercise increases your heart rate and breathing rate, causes you to sweat and your face to go red. Activity requires physical movement but may not result in all of these symptoms occurring. Therefore, gardening, walking around the shops or playing lawn bowls aren't really considered exercise by this definition. That isn't to say they're not beneficial, it just means that they aren't 'exercise'.
Try to perform at least 30 minutes of exercise every day or at the very least 5 times a week. As was previously mentioned you don't need to push yourself or workout extremely hard, you just need to be consistent. It will help make achieving and maintaining a fantastic body as we age a much easier task.
Always remember that the best exercises for losing weight are the ones that you enjoy, can fit comfortably into your lifestyle and most importantly, can make a permanent part of your life!
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