Weight Loss Exercise
A lot of us live our lives like
penned animals. Built to move, too
often we put ourselves in a cage.
We have bodies designed for racing
across the savannas, but we live
a lifestyle designed for migrating
from the bed to the breakfast table;
to the car seat; to the office chair;
to the restaurant booth; to the
living room couch and back to the
It was not always this way. Not
long ago in the United States, a
man who worked on a farm did the
equivalent of 15 miles of jogging
every day; and his wife did the
equivalent of 7 miles of jogging.
Farming was in fact a functional
weight loss exercise program.
Today, our daily obligations of
work and home keep us tied to our
chairs, and if we want exercise
to lose weight, we have to seek
In fact, health experts insist
that obesity problem is probably
caused at least as much by lack
of physical activity as by eating
too much. Hence, it is important
that people need to move around.
However, that does not mean that
a lap or two around the old high
school track will offset a daily
dose of donuts. Exercise alone is
not very efficient, experts say.
Many experts contend that if you
just exercise and do not change
your diet, you may be able to prevent
weight gain or even lose a few pounds
for a while.
Nevertheless, it is not something
that you are likely to sustain unless
exercise is part of an overall program.
The more regularly you exercise,
the easier it is to maintain your
weight. Here is what to do every
day to make sure that you get the
exercise you need.
1. Get quality Zzz's.
Make sure that you get adequate
sleep. Good sleep habits are conducive
to exercise, experts point out.
If you feel worn out during the
day, you are less likely to get
much physical activity during the
In addition, there is evidence
that people who are tired tend to
eat more, using food as a substitute
for the rest they need.
2. Walk the walk.
It is probably the easiest exercise
program of all. Gradually build
up to at least 30 minutes of brisk
walking five times a week. Brisk
walks themselves have health and
psychological benefits that are
well worth the while.
3. Walk the treadmill, briskly.
When the weather is bad, you might
not feel like going outdoors. But
if you have a treadmill in the television
room, you can catch up on your favorite
shows while you are doing your daily
good turn for your weight-maintenance
Most of us watch television anyway,
and indoor exercise equipment enables
anyone to turn a sedentary activity
into a healthy walk.
4. Seize the day.
Excuses aside, lack of time is
certainly a limiting factor in most
lifestyles. That is why health experts
suggest a basic guideline for incorporating
exercise into your schedule:
Get as much exercise as you can
that feels good without letting
it interfere with your work or family
life. If you need to, remind yourself
that you are preventing many health
problems when you prevent weight
gain; and keeping your health is
a gift to your family as well as