The best way to lose weight is with a healthy combination of diet and exercise. The real key to success is establishing a healthy weight loss plan and at the same time creating exercise habits that you will stick to. You may not be crazy about the words “diet and exercise” but don’t get caught up on the words. As far as the word “diet” goes, call it whatever you want but it comes down to eating healthy and balanced, low calorie meals that will not only help you lose weight but extend your life. Exercise, for the most part, is a means to an end – the more active you are, the more weight you’ll lose and the more healthy and energetic you’ll be.
Even though most individuals, for the most part, concentrate more on diet when they are attempting to lose weight, being active is also an extremely important component of any weight loss program. When you exercise, your body utilizes energy (calories) to function, and helps to burn off the calories consumed in foods that you eat.
When we talk about exercising, we don’t mean that you’ll need to become an elite athlete, jump right into boot camp or spin classes. There are all kinds of way to fit exercise into your day. Make time for a brisk walk, some jumping jacks while you watch TV or work on your arms with some free weights. Put in your earphones and dance to your favorite music while you clean house. Spend more time playing hide and seek and catch at the park with the kids. Mowing your lawn and gardening are also great forms of exercise and you hardly notice that its exercise. Shopping can also be considered exercise, just work it. Park away from store and as you shop walk from one end of the mall or shopping center to the other.
If you are more productive working out with other like minded people, join a gym and shop around for one that best suits your needs. Most gyms today offer a huge variety of classes and state of the art workout equipment which are very effective. Many also provide the services of personal trainers which can help you get started off on the right track as well as keep you motivated. You can also join walking groups which normally meet several times a week and not only provide a great exercise outlet but conversation and friendship.
No matter what exercise activities you choose, be sure to do it regularly. Aim for at least an hour a day, 7 days a week. This may sound like a lot but it’s really not. Once it becomes a habit you’ll breeze through it. You can even break it up into 15 minute periods, just make sure to fit in some cardio; the more aerobic the exercises are, the faster you’ll lose weight.
A healthy diet plan mixed with plenty of exercise will not only help you lose weight, it will also keep you healthy and go a long way towards preventing heart disease, lowering cholesterol and even fight cancer. It’s the perfect combination for a healthy and vibrant lifestyle.