Why Exercise and Diet Go Hand in Hand
The simplest way to understand weight loss and gain is that when you consume more calories than you burn, you gain weight and when you burn more calories than you consume, you lose weight.
A normal conclusion of this formula could be that if you eat less you will naturally lose weight. Unfortunately, it does not follow this principle.
This is because, when you eat less, your metabolism slows down which burns fewer calories. A way to enhance your metabolism is do some kind of physical exercise or activity every day.
Hopefully, through this explanation, you have realized the importance of physical exercise in any weight loss program. If this be so, which is the exercise program which should be best for you.
Again, to put it simply, the best exercise program for any person is some activity, which he or she likes to do, and which the person will stick to for a long time. The chosen exercise can be just about anything, so long as you like doing it and will not stop doing it midway.
One of the simplest and most popular forms of aerobic exercise is walking. You may start gradually and increase the length of your walk as you continue doing it. Include a bit of jogging in between or carry weight or do some resistance exercises also.
Jogging, biking, swimming, racket sports, aerobic dancing, roller-skating, and even the treadmill and exercising on the stationary bike are exercises, which belong to this group. All these exercises aim to increase your stamina and endurance.
Muscle strengthening is one of the sure-shot ways to lose weight. As your muscles become stronger, they will increase in size and help burn calories even when you are resting. An increased metabolic rate will result from an increase of muscle tissues and a reduction of fat. This also means that your body will get into a better shape and tone. Isn’t this what you are aiming for?
An important part of your daily exercise is stretching. This helps in loosening up your muscles and makes your joints more flexible. This enhances your mobility and will also help in the prevention of future injuries. The stretching exercises warm up your body and set the muscles in motion.
The aim of any exercise program is to increase your heart rate, which should ideally be 50 to 70% more than your normal heart rate for your age. The more intense your work out the more calories you will burn even after the workout is over.
Not just limiting yourself to a calorie-less and fat-free diet, your exercises play a critical role in your weight loss program. Be consistent with your exercising program as this not only helps you lose weight but will make you healthier and fitter too.
All you have to do is to choose the exercise, which you like most and be persistent with your routine. This will give you a better quality of life – fit and healthy and of course slim and trim.