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3 Great Exercise Tips to Lose Weight

Mar 21, 2008
Let's face it-exercising is rarely fun for most people; even if there is the advantage of losing weight attached to it. As a result many people fail to reach their weight loss goals. While there is no denying the fact that many diets abound promising the lure of quick weight loss, the truth of the matter is that the greatest majority of people who lose weight successfully and keep it off over the long term only do so through a healthy and active lifestyle. That means exercise.

The good news is that exercise doesn't have to be drudgery. Even if you do not particularly enjoy exercise, there are ways that you start an active lifestyle that you will enjoy, easily and inexpensively in order to lose weight.

First, recognize that exercising does not necessarily have to mean joining an expensive gym. Quite the contrary. Consider ways in which you can incorporate even simple activities into your day in order to get a workout. Great weight loss exercise ideas include:

- Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
- Jumping rope for a few minutes each day
- Taking a walk on your lunch break
- Doing a few sit-ups before going to bed each night

While it may seem as though these small steps might not amount to much, all of these are great ways to help you feel more active and give your weight loss plan a natural boost.

Just jumping rope for half an hour each day provides the same benefits as running a mile. One of the best benefits to this type of activity is that you can do it anywhere, it is extremely portable. Whether you are at home, on vacation, or traveling for business, you can always get a workout. In addition, it is very inexpensive.

Keep in mind that regardless of which exercise activity you choose, its best not to try to do too much at once. Build up your endurance. As long as you're doing something, you will see some benefits. As you feel yourself growing stronger, gradually build up to more reps or a longer session.

It's a good idea to find ways family members and friends can join in your exercise with you. Take a family walk after dinner instead of turning on the television. Look for a buddy to walk with at work on your lunch or afternoon break. Not only will you gain support for your weight loss plan, but others will benefit as well from a good dose of healthy exercise.

Keep in mind that ultimately the secret to losing weight and keeping it off is building a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is a key component of that plan.
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