When you first start a weight loss plan, you’re feeling excited, motivated, and ready to see some changes. After a few weeks, though, you might begin to wonder, “how long does it take for this plan to start working?”
With exercise, just getting started is often half the battle. But let’s assume that you’re following through with your commitment, and you’re getting to the gym (or engaging in some other form of exercise) at least several times per week. How can you support yourself, to reap the best results from your workouts?
It is often said that walking is one of the best forms of exercise. You can do it almost anywhere, all you need is a decent pair of walking shoes, it’s free, and it requires no special skills. Almost anyone can start a walking program, and then gradually increase the length or difficulty of their walks as they get into shape.
If you have made the decision to overhaul your lifestyle, and make a commitment to weight loss or fitness, we congratulate you on taking the first very important step to a longer and healthier life. This is a decision that no one ever regrets! That’s true whether you’re on a weight loss program due to doctor’s orders, because you’re warding off serious health problems, or simply because you want to look and feel healthier. At the end of this journey you’re going to be so glad you did it.
If you’re planning to travel this summer, you might find yourself dining in more restaurants than usual. This can pose a risk to your weight maintenance or weight loss plan, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on positive results until you return from your trip. If you’re aware of the dietary dangers that lurk in restaurants, it’s actually not too difficult to avoid them.
It often seems inevitable; if you exercise, you’re probably going to experience sore muscles at some point. Delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, usually appears between 24 and 48 hours after a workout. While most cases of DOMS are mild, sometimes you might feel so sore that you don’t want to continue exercising for a few days… And of course, we don’t want that! Staying active is one of the keys to weight loss and better health.
It probably won’t surprise you to hear that your behaviors can influence not only your health, but also your longevity. We’ve known these things for years, and they are no secret. However, it might surprise you to learn just how much your choices can affect your health, and how much longer you could live if you make the right ones.
By now, you know that cutting back on your caloric intake is one of the two major keys to weight loss (the other being exercise). But that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to meals you don’t enjoy, or go hungry all of the time! There are plenty of small, sneaky ways to cut back on calories without drastically altering your entire lifestyle (of course, if you want to lose a significant amount of weight, you should still seek a doctor’s guidance). These seven calorie swaps can get you started.