How Much Do You Need To Exercise To Lose Weight

We generally pursue an exercise program for the health benefits or should be.

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     How Much Exercise                    To Lose Weight

In fact your primary objective should be to achieve better health with exercise.

If you are engaged in appropriate exercise for the health of it, then you should also experience weight loss, improved energy, feel less stressed and improvement in important numbers like your blood pressure and cholesterol level.

If you have decided to start an exercise program, most likely a trip to the doctor for your yearly physical revealed risk factors for heart disease, poor stress management, lack of energy, and that you are overweight. Being overweight can lead to multiple long term complications including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, joint pain and arthritis just to name a few.

If you are not already exercising, you doctor most likely recommended you get started on an exercise program to help you live a longer healthier life.

The current exercise recommendations for getting and staying healthy are to exercise for at least 20 minutes, three times per week.

If your goal is to lose weight then you may need to add more time and intensity to your exercise program.

When discussing weight loss, diet and exercise play a role in your ability to successfully lose weight.

If you are currently maintaining the same weight on a day to day basis, then the diet you are consuming contains the calories your body needs to maintain that weight taking into account your current activity level.

The amount of physical activity you need to lose weight will vary from one person to the next.

The first step will be determining how active you currently are to establish a baseline activity level. Then you will be able to determine how much additional physical activity is needed to start seeing progress.

Do you run around after small children all day?  Do you have an active job that involves a lot of walking or heavy lifting?

Attentiveness to your current activity level will give you an idea of how much additional activity may be needed to start losing weight.

If your daily routine is very active you may not need to add a significant amount of exercise to your current routine to start experiencing weight loss, because your body is already burning significant calories each day.

If your daily routine involves a lot of sitting or standing in one place, you may not be burning enough calories to lose any significant weight.

Ideally, most people will want to both reduce their caloric intake and increase their physical activity, so that they are eating less and moving more.

It is generally excepted that burning 500 calories per day or decreasing your caloric intake 500 calories per day will result in an approximate one pound weight loss per week. Again this is based upon your current baseline activity level and dietary caloric intake.

If you are busy chasing children around a good part of the day and your  research revealed that chasing kids around  burns 500 calories per day, you will need to add activity that burns additional calories if you are going to experience weight loss assuming no changes in your diet.

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How Much Exercise To Lose Weight

As a general guideline, aim for 30 minutes of cardio exercise 5 times per week.  Adding some resistance training will help tone your muscles by building lean muscle and give your metabolism a boost that continues even when you are not working out. Combining cardio and resistance training  with a healthy, low-calorie diet should be enough to result in a one or two pound weight loss per week.

The 500 calorie rule will give you a baseline to work from in achieving weight loss. If you find that you are losing weight more slowly than that, you may need to tweak your workout time, or further reduce your caloric intake.

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Keeping it simple by performing 2.5 -3 hours of cardio exercise and 1.5-2 hours of resistance training , combined with moderate caloric intake should get you started achieving a steady, healthy weight loss.

Remember, your first objective should be to achieve better health with exercise.

 

 

 

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