Thursday, February 16, 2012

11 Weight Loss Tips for 2011, Part 6: Exercise

This is the sixth in an 11-part series of weight loss tips for 2011. Yesterday, we talked about support groups for weight loss. Today, we’re talking about exercise.

Today we’re going to step up our talk about physical activity and discuss how exercise can help you lose weight.

A crucial part to any weight loss program – even a surgical weight loss program – is exercise. If you’re trying to lose 100+ pounds, though, you may need to start slow with simple physical activities and work your way up.

I’ve found some interesting internet sources to help you get started. Try hundredpushups.com, even if you can’t make it through five pushups. They have a plan to get you moving from whatever your current ability allows to a regular 100 pushup routine.

Along a similar vein or ramping things up, you could try c25k.com, where they take you from the couch to a 5K run in 9 weeks.

100 pushups? 5 kilometers? Does it sound impossible?

It is if you don’t try. But these popular sites start with realistic goals and give you a structure to build and improve your exercise ability.

If you need a more personal approach, consider joining a gym AND meeting with a physical trainer. Commercial gymnasiums make a lot of money on those of us who pay our monthly dues but never show up. It may cost some extra money, but at least schedule an initial session with a personal trainer to teach you how to use the equipment. Once you’re comfortable with it you will be much more likely to come back again and again.

While sitting at the beginning of a weight loss journey, exercise can be intimidating, but there are plenty of resources available to help you start small and work your way to a healthier lifestyle.          

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