The easy way to get more active

1. Increase your general activity level. If you seriously want to lose weight, you need to understand that getting enough exercise is as important as changing your eating habits. While it is not necessary to start running marathons, it is very important to raise your general activity level. Be conscious of your activity levels and ensure that you are consciously focusing on becoming a more active person. Not only will it help you lose weight, but it will also help you to keep the weight you lost from coming back.

2. Gradually become more active during the day. Any additional movement you introduce habitually in your life can make a big difference. Maybe you can try putting on some music and start dancing while you clean your house. Park your car a bit further from your destination and walk from there to the office, store or wherever you need to go. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Simple changes such as these can make a massive difference at the end of a month!

3. Walk whenever possible. The average person must take at least 10,000 steps per day to maintain a healthy level of activity. Start walking everywhere when you are less than 10 blocks from your destination. If you start walking more often whenever possible, you may be well on your way to lose weight quickly, and improve your health in general.

4. Exercise with weights to help your body get rid of the fat. The more muscle tissue you have, the faster you will burn fat. The best way to gain muscle mass is to work out with light weights at least two to three times per week in order to develop and maintain more muscle tissue. Muscle tissue increases your metabolism, and an increased metabolism will help you to lose weight and achieve your goals faster.

5. Change the intensity of training during your exercise sessions. Our bodies respond best to exercises when the intensity of the workout varies throughout. We can not sustain high intensity exercises throughout the entire session, but by including alternating high and low intensity exercised, we benefit from the raised heart rate (obtained by high intensity exercise) throughout. Next time you’re going for a walk, try going as fast as you can for 1 minute and then slowing to a more comfortable pace for 5 minutes. Repeat this cycle throughout your walk for a far more effective workout.

6. Try out resistance training. When your time is limited or you find it difficult to get round to a gym, this type of exercise may work well for you. Remember to design your workout program in such a way as to ensure that all muscle groups are developed properly.

7. Exercise can be fun! Yes, really. While most people do not find the idea of exercising inviting or exciting at all, it can be great fun. Combine exercise with other activities you enjoy, such as visiting with friends, listening to music or audio books or spending time with your kids. Try going to gym with a friend, aerobic dancing, biking with your kids or participating in a team sport.

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