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.
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.
Sure, you’d love to compete in Iron Man competitions, but that’s a tad unrealistic for a lot of people. Either you’re just getting started with an exercise regimen, or you simply don’t have the kind of time needed to train for something so serious. And of course, not everyone is interested in that sort of thing. You just want to look and feel healthier, not spend hours per day training.
Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly are two of the biggest piece of the weight loss puzzle. It certainly helps if you follow both of these plans consisently! But most of us spend hours per day sitting at a desk, and that can slow our metabolisms (and our weight loss results). So if you’re looking for ways to boost your daily calorie burn, you’re in luck. Check out the following tips, that almost anyone can squeeze into their daily routine.
For many of us, “exercise” sounds like an odious task. It’s something we put behind us in high school, after completing our physical education requirements, and we haven’t thought about it since. A walk to the mailbox or a few laps around a shopping mall in December are about all the exercise we ever contemplate these days.
People exercise for a variety of reasons. Maybe you’re trying to lose weight (this is the most common reason). Maybe you want to reduce your stress (and exercise works). Maybe your doctor told you that you need to exercise more. Or, maybe it’s just a habit, or you enjoy it. Whatever the reason, exercising regularly is certainly one of the best routes to improved physical and mental health, and we should all do it regardless of how many calories we’re burning.
We often remind our patients of the importance of exercise, both in aiding weight loss and in preventing disease. But more and more research also indicates that exercise is good for your mental and emotional health as well.
A study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry shared some dramatic findings. Over the course of a decade, researchers tracked 22,000 study participants. Their exercise habits were recorded, and participants were divided into groups based upon those habits. Then, researchers looked for diagnoses of depression within each group.
Some of our clients want to lose weight for purely aesthetic reasons. However, most recognize that weight loss will help them live longer, healthier lives. We’re all more prone to certain health conditions as we grow older, but some of us definitely carry a higher risk than others. Considering that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in this country, we should all take steps to improve our heart health, aside from losing weight.
It’s an old joke: A comedian or sitcom character quips that they want to join a gym, but they need to get in shape first. Like most humor, the joke is funny because it’s a little bit true. Most of us feel intimidated by gyms, imagining that we’ll be the least-fit person in a room full of fitness models. We picture ourselves struggling and sweating through a simple workout, while lithe “gym bunnies” prance around effortlessly.