Many people attempt to lose weight by cutting back on calories and changing the quality of their diets. While this is a vital part of the process of weight loss, it is only one half of the picture. Beginning an exercise program completes this picture and not only helps you to get where you want to be quick, but is a necessary requirement to live a healthy life, so avoiding it could end up being a costly mistake.
While changing your diet and making a certain reduction in the calories that you eat will help you to lose weight, there are many things a reduction in calories will not do. It will not increase lung capacity, it will not strengthen your heart muscles, it will not increase endurance or strength, it will not give you that fabulous six-pack, and it will not give your body that healthy toned look. Occasionally weight loss will grind to a halt through calorie reduction alone. Simply because you can only reduce calories so far, before it begins to have a negative impact on your health.
Believe it or not but your body is actually designed for movement and exercise. This is what you were born for and your body thrives on it, because it is natural for it to do so. Yet so many people are fearful of exercising. Many people find it very difficult to raise the motivation and determination required to exercise. The fact remains that you will be sabotaging your attempts at weight loss without exercising. One of the myths about exercising is that people believe that they will have to grunt and groan in a gym for long periods in gym to reach their goals. However this does not have to be the case. Try to push yourself beyond what you are capable of and you will in all likelihood give up anyway.
The people that do incorporate an exercise program into their weight loss goals, do so by rushing into doing too much too soon. This is what makes exercise so difficult to keep up. This is where the lack of motivation and fear will ever stem from. Because people are under the impression that exercise is difficult, they will be wary of doing any.
It is well documented by fitness and exercise experts that exercise should be undertaken 3-4 times a week with each session last anything from 30 minutes to an hour. Because this is the advice people get, just the thought of it sends them into a mild form of shock and deters them from doing any. Now pay careful attention to the following statement. EXERCISE CAN BE AS EASY OR HARD AS YOU WANT IT TO BE. This is the answer to any body's problems about exercise.
If you are the type of person who has led a pretty inactive life for a number of years, clearly your fitness levels are going to be pretty low. So when you are told that you must exercise following conventional guidelines, you will obviously be concerned about your ability to follow such a program. This in turn will lead to certain levels of anxiety regarding exercise. Any motivation will vanish fairly quickly. Let's face it; If you are not motivated to do something, you are not going to do it.
One of the human body's greatest strength is its ability to adapt. Meaning that if you impose something on your body which it is just capable of handling, then it will adapt to do this until it becomes easy for it. If you begin an exercise program which is just enough to push you beyond what you are used to, your body will adapt to that. Then you push it a little more and your body will continue to adapt. You just continue doing it in this way and bit by bit you will get stronger and fitter. Your body will keep changing to cater for what you are doing.
Stop thinking about 1 hour sessions of exercise when you first start. Just start doing something which is going to stretch you beyond what you are used to. Start small, it does not matter where you start, even if it is only 5 minutes, it does not matter. The most important thing is that you do start somewhere. Once you have started add a minute or two the next time you do it. Add whatever you are comfortable with but always make sure you add something, as his will push your body a little more. This will be so much easier for your body and you. It is far better to reach a 30 minute workout after a month or so, rather than trying to do it all in the first week. Which may be too difficult for you and will lead you to give up.
Finally keep an exercise diary and write everything you do into it. How many, how long, and how often. This is really important because it gives you a visual record of where you began and how much improvement you have made. Regardless of whatever little exercise you start doing today, remember it is still more than what you were doing yesterday.