Don’t Just Exercise, Lead An Active Lifestyle If You Want To Lose Weight Effectively!
I have many friends asking me “How to lose weight through exercising?” My answer to them is usually the same: Build an active lifestyle, not just focusing on doing exercises. However, many of them do not understand what the differences between the two are.
Exercise alone only accelerate your calorie burning for a short period of time (i.e. perhaps during your 2 hours of workouts), whilst leading an active lifestyle keep your body burning of calories all day long, on top of your daily or weekly exercise routine.
A few useful tips to maintain an active lifestyle include:
1) Work Out And Commit To An Exercise Plan
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After you have properly conditioned your body, you will more or less understand your strength, stamina and endurance levels. Based on your daily work schedule, work out an exercise plan that suits you.
Your exercise plan has to be reasonable to follow for a start and achievable over a long period. Most people cannot commit to exercising during weekdays due to their busy work schedule, thus finding themselves difficult to achieve their weight loss targets. You ought to find some time out from your busy schedule no matter what.
Next, you need to be committed. Commitment is the key factor to achieve success in anything. This applies to exercise plan too.
Tip: Be careful not to over exercise as it may affect your weight losing too.
2) Monitor Your Daily Activity Level
It is important to know how much you have moved your body (how active you are) every day. If possible, keep a log of it. Give yourself some targets to achieve daily i.e. to complete at least 20,000 steps a day, so that you can be consistent with your performance over your activity level.
3) Incorporating Incidental Activities
Incidental activities are activities that build up slowly in small amounts over the day. Some examples include climbing up the stairs, instead of using the lift or escalator at work, or doing the housework yourself, instead of engaging a helper to do for you. More examples can be found here.
4) Set Reminders To Walk Or Stand
Modern working lifestyle requires us to sit inside an office comfortably for many hours a day. I called this sedentary lifestyle, which can be rather unhealthy in long run. I usually recommend finding a way to remind yourself to stand up and walk around using a fitness tracker or watch. If you sit in front of computer most of the time, you can make use of useful software programs to display reminders.
There are many good benefits for standing i.e. burn more calories and reduce visceral fats. I recommend to stand, over sitting if you can i.e. you can choose to stand to eat, or stand while taking a bus.
5) Do Home-Friendly Workouts
Home-friendly workouts are very practical because they require little or no special equipment. Some of these workouts can be done anywhere and anytime you like. You can even use your waiting time to do these workouts if it is convenient for you.
- Jumping Jacks
Once you have developed the good habits of staying active, you can continue doing it even after you have achieved your ideal weight. Good habits are always good to stay.
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