A workout a day, keeps the doctor awayPosted: October 29, 2013 in Getting Active by Craig Primack MD FACP
What does it take to lose weight? This is a question that many people have. With two-thirds of the United States population obese and another third considered overweight, the subject of how to lose weight is a popular one.
Most people have tried losing weight in the past, and in the majority of situations that weight comes back after just a short period of time. Conventional diet programs don’t encourage life-long changes to your habits and behaviors, and this makes it difficult to maintain the weight loss for any extended amount of time.
What can you do to stay in shape?
Instead of just thinking about what it takes to lose weight, start focusing on what you can do to become healthier. There are several essential components to a healthy lifestyle:
- Regular activity
- A healthy diet
- Good sleeping habits
- Positive stress management skills
- Healthy behaviors
Why Working Out Daily Matters to You
Exercise is the foundation of successful weight loss and maintenance. By itself, exercise is moderate as a weight loss tool but in conjunction with decreased calories and proper sleep, it is invaluable. The American Heart Association recommends that every adult engage in 30 minutes of activity at least five days a week. If this sounds like a lot, think again. You can break up this 2.5 hours of exercise a week in any way you want. This might mean 10 minute walks in the morning or 15 minute workouts at lunch three days a week. Piece a couple small workouts together to see what works best for your schedule.
Exercisers take many different forms: walkers, runners, swimmers, and cyclists, those who like the Stairmaster, group aerobics, weight lifting, water aerobics, and jazzercise. Which is the best? THEY ALL ARE! Any activity that you do on a regular basis will help your weight loss efforts.
Think of exercise as one of the basic parts of your day.
Schedule it in until it becomes a habit. It should be just as important as flossing or checking email. Some of us love exercise from day one. For the rest of us, it is necessary and try not to think of exercise as work.
Think of exercise as a time to process or plan out your day. Think of it as 30 min of alone time. Think of it as a good excuse to watch a movie, listen to your music or do books on tape. Think of it as a time to come up with your next great idea. Walk with a partner or significant other to spend time together. Walk on your treadmill while talking on the phone to your friend or relative as they walk on their own treadmill.