As you have heard before exercise will accelerate your weight loss efforts…right? Why do we need to exercise to lose weight? Can we just eat less and lose the weight? Let’s take an in-depth look at exercise, why we need it and what kind of exercise is best to help lose weight.
Exercise not only is good for your heart and cardiovascular system, but it also helps you to lose weight in more ways than one. Added exercise will burn calories over and above the calories used normally in your everyday activities. We get exercise when we walk, work and in our everyday activities, but in order to lose weight, we must burn more calories than we take in so there are no extra calories stored as fat. It is simple; more calories burned than taken in equals weight loss.
If you are trying to lose weight with zero exercise, then you are slowing your progress and handicapping yourself. It is time to make friends with exercise again and figure out what kind of exercise you like and are able to do. The exercise regimen does not have to be a marathon or over-the-top to show results. Moderate exercise on a repeated basis has been shown to aid in weight loss.
Not only does exercise help to burn off excess calories, it also helps to speed up the metabolism. The metabolism or metabolic rate is the process of converting food into energy and expelling the unused portion that is not capable of being used. Once starting a regular exercise program, the body may start to burn more calories even when it is at rest. Losing weight while we rest or sleep, now that is the ultimate way to lose weight.
When you exercise, you either build muscle or replace fat with muscle tissue. Muscle burns energy 24/7 even when you are sleeping or resting. This causes your metabolism to speed up in order to supply the energy and nutrients needed for the muscle tissue to function properly.
Although it is generally agreed upon, aerobic type exercise burns far more calories than any other type of exercise. This does not mean aerobics is the only kind of exercise that will help you lose weight. Any type of body movement such as walking, swimming, jogging, resistance bands, free weights and many more will assist in weight loss. The more exercise you can do, the better, but some exercise is better than none.
It is easy to say “I will exercise later” or “I do not have time for exercise,” but if you do nothing more than walk for 15-30 minutes at lunch time, it will help your weight loss efforts. If you are serious about losing weight and keeping it off, you must include some form of exercise in your daily or weekly routine. What kind of exercise is the best…well.