You can take a look at the weight loss industry and know that there must be many people seeking the latest weight loss cure. They are looking for a magic pill to help them loose belly fat. One thing that people sometimes overlook is the importance that exercise is to weight loss and overall good health.
How frequently do you need to exercise before you start losing weight? That can often differ depending on who you are talking to. There are a number of dissenting opinions on the topic of weight loss and exercise. With so many exercise options and plans to choose from, it can be quite challenging to decide which is best for you.
Typically trainers and weight loss gurus will tell you to exercise for at least 30 minutes four to five days a week. This is aerobic exercise. This means your heart needs to be at an elevated rate that is a healthy range for your age and physical fitness.
There have been some trainers and weight loss gurus that are now saying that in order to receive optimum results, you will need to do an aerobic activity for at least one hour four to five times a week. The opinion differs on if that hour can be broken up into two thirty minutes segments.
So how much do you really need to exercise to lose weight? The fact is that most of the time, dieters set unrealistic goals for their exercise program and inevitably fall short. Of course, you should always set a goal when starting a new exercise program, but make sure to set one you can actually achieve. For example, deciding to exercise for an hour each day may not be realistic if you are just starting out.
How much should you exercise to loose weight? Try beginning with a simple aerobic exercise that you enjoy, and go at a slow pace at first. You will be more likely to stick with your exercise program if you set realistic, achievable goals for yourself. As an example, If you were able to walk for 5 minutes one day, push yourself to go to 10 minutes the next, then 15, etc. Keep adding to your workout gradually and it will become a habit to exercise, not a chore.
For those people who have never exercised on a regular basis, it may be difficult to figure out where to start or what they should be doing. The simple answer is, do anything. Any type of exercise is better than the nothing they have been doing and will improve their fitness level. A simple exercise like going for a walk around the park is a good start toward living healthy and losing weight.
Losing weight is not easy, but it can be done if you are persistent and dedicated. Don’t get discouraged in the beginning when you are struggling. Just stick with it and keep setting realistic goals for your progress. Eventually those little accomplishments will build and you’ll find yourself exercising more and more.
Author: Robert KaufmanThis author has published 9 articles so far.