How is exercise good for weight loss? Regular exercise should consist of a combination of cardio and strength training. Be sure to talk to your doctor to find out if it is okay to begin an exercise routine, especially if you have an underlying medical condition such as heart disease or high blood pressure. Regular exercise will eventually help to lower your blood pressure but initially may raise it to a level your doctor may not be comfortable with, so have that conversation and do what your doctor recommends.
Cardio exercises consist of walking or running on a treadmill, using a stair stepper, elliptical machine, or stationary bike and getting your heart rate up to a maximum level and sustaining that rate for 15 to 20 minutes. Cardio exercises will strengthen your heart and lungs and increase stamina.
Strength training is the other type of exercise for weight loss. Strength training consists of using exercise machines and free weights either at home or in a gym away from home. The best way to tell if you are doing the exercises correctly is to have someone watch you while you do a set to make sure your form is correct. Incorrect form can cause injuries and you don’t want to be in pain.
Once you have the correct form, choose a weight that is comfortable and do your sets slowly and make sure to control your actions. Never bounce or fling the weight up and down. Slow and controlled is the way to go if you want maximum results. Also there is a theory that states if you just do one set with a heavier weight and take your muscles to fatigue, (which means you could not do one more rep even if you wanted to), you will get even faster results.
If you are like a lot of people, you have tried every popular diet out there to lose weight and keep wondering what you are doing wrong. You lose a little here and there but it never stays off, you just can't stay on those diets. You gain everything you lost back again and may even gain more weight. You need to stop jumping on every new fad diet that comes down the pike, they will never work. Managing your diet is what works.
You need to pay attention to what it is you are putting in your mouth and get regular exercise. Make it a routine. Make an appointment with yourself everyday at the same time and do not stand yourself up. Treat your workout appointment just like you would your doctor's appointment. Realize that you cannot afford to miss your workout.
Your diet should be full of lean meat, fish, fresh fruit, and vegetables. Minimize your consumption of high carb foods like bread and potatoes. Learn new healthy ways to cook. Start reading the labels of the foods you buy. Make sure that the fat percentage to the total calories is no more than 30%. Combining diet and exercise for weight loss is the way to lose weight, forever.
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