We’ve all heard the weight loss experts extol the virtues and benefits of exercise. But exercising is work and who needs another job that lasts a lifetime and doesn’t pay at all? “Maybe I’ll lose weight faster if I exercise,” you say, “but I can still lose weight even if I don’t exercise and quite frankly I don’t have the energy or time to exercise.”
Well it is true that exercise doesn’t pay a regular paycheck unless you happen to be a fitness instructor, but the benefits are fantastic! First of all, though, let’s think about the benefits of losing weight. What do you want? Why do you want to lose that muffin top? Almost any benefit that you are hoping to achieve will be enhanced with exercise. For instance…
- More energy
It is a fact. People who exercise regularly have more stamina and can be active longer. If one of the benefits of losing weight for you is having more energy and being able to do more, then regular exercise is a must.
- Be more attractive
Physical fitness is attractive. Nothing is more attractive than a healthy glow and well toned muscles.
- Lose weight more rapidly
Once again, exercising is the way to go. You will burn more calories when you exercise and also build muscles. The more muscle mass you have the more calories you will burn, even when you aren’t working out! Why? Because muscles burn fat and fat doesn’t.
Choosing the best exercise
There is no one exercise or exercise program or workout that is right for everyone. Each person has their own needs and limitations. The best way to choose an exercise program is to start with realistic and practical goals and expectations. First of all, do not overdo it. Remember the old adage, “Slow but steady wins the race.” A good place to start is with a consultation with your doctor or a fitness instructor. They can suggest reasonable exercises that will raise your heartbeat to a safe level without putting too much strain on your body. The best workouts for fitness and good health are aerobic exercises that raise the heartbeat without taxing the heart too much.
Walking “Safe” Exercise
One of the safest exercises for most people, and the easiest to stick with, is walking. It takes no special equipment, other than a comfortable and sturdy pair of walking shoes, requires no special training (though you might want to learn a few stretching exercises) and can be done almost anywhere. Studies have shown that walking is one of the most beneficial exercises and the one that most people are likely to stick with for the long haul.
Speaking from personal experience, I have walked about 4 miles a day for years and the last stress test showed my cardiovascular system was in excellent shape. That is why I recommend that you consider walking as your long term weight loss exercise.