I’m often asked: “What is the best exercise to lose weight?” However, the better questions are: “What kind of activity do I want to do?” and “What kind of activity can I do regularly?”
Do Something You’ll Enjoy
The most effective exercise is the one that you enjoy doing and will do with regularity. Instead of thinking of exercise in the traditional sense, like working out on an elliptical machine for 30 minutes, think of it as any physical activity that gets you up and moving.
If you have an office job where you sit at a desk all day, sit during your commute home and sit on the couch at night, your physical activity level is very low. Any increase in your daily activity, no matter how small, will start you on a path to a healthier life.
Finding the right exercise for you depends on your health goals and the types of activities that you enjoy doing. You are far more likely to stay active when exercise doesn’t feel like a chore, but is something you can actually look forward to. For example, swimming, Zumba or even line dancing can be fun alternatives to traditional exercise.
Don’t over think it. Keep it simple and, if you can, make it fun!
Make Time for Physical Activity
Say it takes you 20 minutes each way to drive to the gym. Once you get there, you work out for an hour. The total time out of your day is over an hour and a half. If you can’t find that kind of time to go to the gym, don’t go. Figure out an alternative exercise routine that will fit your schedule.
You really don’t even need to leave your house to exercise. Working out at home can be incredibly convenient and easily fit into your daily routine. With exercise videos available on-demand on TV and online, guided workout classes are just a few clicks away.
Wherever you choose to do it, it’s crucial to exercise regularly. To help form a positive habit, I recommend exercising three times per week. Start small and build gradually. You don’t necessarily have to “feel the burn” to burn calories. Even just 10-20 minutes per day can make a difference.
The key is to be consistent. With a little patience, you’ll start seeing positive results.
Eating Right is Half The Battle
Just because you’re exercising regularly doesn’t mean you can ignore your food intake. In addition to exercise, minding what you eat will help you reach that waistline objective much quicker.
A key first step is portion control. Be mindful of how much you are eating, both at meals and snack time. Eating less is easier than changing your entire diet and can have a significant impact on your weight loss.
Today’s the day. Find an exercise that you can have fun with and get out and do it. Set just a little bit of time aside to get more active and start eating right. You’ll start looking and feeling better in no time.
You can do this!
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