For most people, going to the gym can be an overwhelming experience.
Not only is there an ocean of unfamiliar equipment, but there are also hordes of confident and in-shape people that seem easily navigate all these confusing apparatuses so much more quickly than you.
But this discomfort doesn’t mean that you should eschew the exercising process altogether. Instead, figuring out exactly what your needs, weaknesses and expectations are about weight loss are can help you find the best exercise plan to lose weight.
Why Do You Need to Exercise?
For anyone who has ever spent an hour jogging on the treadmill only to realize that it barely burned 400 calories, not even the calories that you can eat in a small bowl of ice cream, it seems like the better road to weight loss would be had in cutting back on sweets like ice cream.
And while reducing the amount of calories that you take in each day is an essential part of weight loss, it can’t be the only thing you do to get rid of fat.
Your body is programmed to hold on to stored energy and it doesn’t like to see it go. This is why your body quickly adapts its metabolism, or expenditure of calories, to match your eating habits; meaning that every time you reduce your caloric intake, your body will drop its basal metabolic rate.
To combat this, you need to employ some form of regular metabolic boosters. Whether this is through regular exercise or some sort of diet pill is up to you, but dieting isn’t going to cut it alone.
How Do You Choose the Right Exercises?
This largely depends on what you want to see from your exercise, as well as what you enjoy doing.
If you are interested primarily in weight loss, you might want to focus on cardiovascular activities, with strength training only three times a week. Don’t forget to do strength exercises, as these can be an excellent way to keep your metabolism running at its top speeds.
But just because you are burning calories doesn’t mean that you have to be miserable. Think about activities that you enjoy, such as biking, swimming, playing Frisbee, walking your dog and even picking up around the house.
If your body is moving and you are having fun, try to incorporate that into your daily routine.
Think You Don’t Have Time to Exercise?
If you are an American who thinks that you are overworked, underpaid and simply don’t have the time to work out, then get in line. But working out doesn’t have to include getting up at the crack of dawn to get your sweat on.
Researchers from the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University have revealed that three workouts comprising of 10 minutes done each day are as effective as one thirty minute sweat session.
This means that by taking a few ten minutes break each day to walk briskly can not only help you torch more calories and keep your metabolism running, but it can also help you eliminate early on-set symptoms of hypertension.