Every year, millions of Americans resolve to lose weight, whether on New Year’s Day, their birthdays, or just some morning when their mirror or the bathroom scale seems particularly unkind. And every year, many get frustrated and give up before they reach their goals. Contributing to this problem is a host of bad information about diet and exercise that circulates through gyms, workplaces, and over the Internet.
Proper diet and exercise are the mainstays for a healthy lifestyle, although many Americans turn to costly fad diets and exercise programs that fail to provide weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. The basic tenets to gradual weight loss and good health include developing healthy eating habits and increasing daily physical activity. Start out slowly and build up activity gradually over a period of months. This will help avoid soreness and injury.
Try to accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity cardiovascular activity each day. Add strength-developing (resistance training) exercises at least twice per week to get faster results. Resistance training will give you the quickest results for weight loss. Resistance training can come in the form of machine, free weights, dumbbells, or even your own body weight. Doing resistance training will help burn stored fat even when you’re not exercising.
There are many ways to work out and there are many books and videos on the subject. It would not hurt to do a little research on weightlifting as most diet books tell you that you need exercise but give you very little information on the topic. If time is a matter of concern, look into high intensity cardio and strength training, where you will spend shorter time exercising but work out really hard, so be prepare to be exhausted. Normally you will start these types of exercise well into your weight loss plan as the weight loss becomes harder or if you want faster results in the shortest time possible.
How hard should you work when exercising? Generally hard enough to fatigue the muscle and depending on your body makeup, break a good sweat. You want to keep your heart rate up so as to strengthen the muscles and the heart. This is why you need to be checked by a doctor before you start intense workouts as you will be putting stress on the heart. The purchase of a heart rate monitor would be a sound investment for you.
Another exercise tip is not to lift heavy weights every day unless you exercise different muscle groups. Your body’s muscles need a day of rest to rebuild themselves after being torn down. When the muscle rebuild they add more bulk to them. Your muscle bulk will gradually become leaner and the fat that is stored around your muscles will gradually disappear.