Are you one of the millions of people who have made a commitment to lose weight this year? Are you planning to find an exercise program and stick with it? If so, then congratulations! You have taken the first important steps on your way to a successful weight loss plan. In this article, I will help you find your own most effective exercise program, a key component of any weight loss diet plan.
We all know that losing weight is not easy. Even more difficult is losing weight and actually keeping it off. In theory, it's simple: burn more calories than you consume. However, it is difficult to accomplish this by dieting alone, so exercise is the second compontent of the one-two punch that helps you not only lose that excess belly fat, but keep it off for good!
Benefits of an Exercise Weight Loss Program
An effective weight loss exercise program has two exciting and important benefits. First and foremost, your exercise program, which should include both aerobic activity and muscle strength training, will help those initial pounds come off more quickly than mere dieting alone. Secondly, you will be pleasantly surprised at how you not only begin to look good, but you will actually begin to feel better as well!
Moreover, the benefits you gain from your exercise program go beyond the physical. Through regular vigorous exercise, you will begin to feel more mentally alert and emotionally healthy also. Once you get a taste of these non-physical exercise benefits, this will whet your appetite for more (exercise that is, not food!), and soon you'll begin to view exercise not as an unpleasant chore, but as a fun activity that you truly look forward to doing each day. Of course, your increased enthusiasm for exercise will pay off on the bathroom scale as you find yourself shedding even more pounds!
How Do I Begin My Exercise Program?
Before you break out that new pair of running sneakers or lift that first dumbell over your head, it is a good idea to first take stock of your present physical conditiion and examine your weight loss goals. Our goal here is not overnight success, but sustained weight loss achieved through consistent action in the form of a healthy diet plan and physical exercise. Therefore, let's remind ourselves at the beginning to stay patient and take it slow at first.
If you are extremely overweight or have existing health concerns, you should absolutely consult with your physician regarding your new weight loss exercise program. First get the green light from your doctor, and then get started!
Three Tips to Get You Started
Once you have taken stock of your present condition, set your goals, and gotten your doctor's OK, let's start getting physical! If you are new to physical exercise, your body may initially be in for a shock. Therefore, three important tips to get your started.
First, take it very easy at the beginning. Don't suddenly attempt to run six miles, or even one, if you've never run before. Keep it very manageable. You want to feel fatigued after your workout, but not exhausted.
The second important tip is to find a form of exercise that you enjoy. This can be anything from salsa dance to a morning walk in the park with your dog to a beginner's class in yoga or water aerobics. The key is to find something that you enjoy, look forward to, and therefore can easily continue doing.
The third tip is to find an exercise partner. It can be very challenging to go at a new fitness program alone. However, if you have a workout buddy, it is much, much easier to encourage one another to keep at it. If you don't have a specific partner, consider taking an exercise class. There you will not only meet other like-minded fitness friends, but you'll be able to workout under the guidance of an experienced instructor.