When focusing only on weight loss, exercise by itself generally does not produce great results. But, before you cancel your gym membership and kick up your heels in the lazy boy, realize that there is no better thing you can do to improve your overall health than to create an active lifestyle and exercise regularly. When incorporating this activity/exercise with a sound nutrition plan, weight loss results are maximized and healthy living is achieved.
Exercising for health is different than exercising for cosmetics and/or body sculpting.
Healthy results can be achieved with little time consumed and minimal injury risk. It has been shown that mild to moderate exercise (30-60 mins) daily can improve health tremendously. Realize that even a few times per week is better than nothing. Even doing short bouts (10 mins) of exercise throughout the day can be almost as beneficial as exercising all at once.
The idea should be to just get moving.
And keep moving.
Be consistent and persistent.
And don’t be too hard on yourself if you miss a few days (or weeks). Find the activity(s) that you enjoy (or at least don’t hate). You will be much more likely to continue an activity that you don’t mind doing. Discover what kind of exercise recharges your battery. You might enjoy the gym or group exercise classes (extroverts recharge in groups) or perhaps you enjoy solitary activities (introverts recharge in solitude). By discovering your comfort zone, you can reduce stress with your exercise routine. Once you have developed your routine, try other forms of exercise/activities to maximize your health. Try things like yoga, weight training, meditation, stretching, etc. Adding these things in to your routine can make a real difference.
At Physician’s Weight Control and Wellness, our weight loss programs are unique in that they are physician-guided and individually tailored to each patient. Because every patient is different, no two treatment plans are the same. The same philosophy applies to our nutrition consulting and coaching programs. These programs are designed to be the next step after meeting with our doctors to ensure your investment in your new lifestyle takes root.