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Exercising To Lose Weight? Beware Of This Mistake

Jun 4, 2008
Of course one must exercise to lose weight and I would never entertain a contrary idea, not even for a brief moment, and neither should you. To lose or maintain weight you need to exercise regularly and for best results you should incorporate the different types of exercises:

To expand the range of motion of your muscles and joints, you should do stretching and flexing exercises.

To boost your cardiovascular stamina and therefore strengthen your heart muscles, you should participate in aerobic exercises which include but are not limited to jogging, walking, hiking, biking, swimming, dancing, team sports and so on.

To strengthen and tone your muscles which in turn will strengthen your bone tissue and increase your metabolic rate to burn more fat, you should do anaerobic or resistance exercises such as weight lifting.

However, beware of the pitfalls along the way and avoid making the mistakes that many people make. Just because you labored hard at the gym; worked up a dripping sweat and raised your heart rate until you could no longer speak, do not think that you can now compensate yourself with a huge meal of greasy foodstuff and junk food. It does not work that way. Besides, your workout at the gym deserves congratulations but no compensation is in order because, after all, it was not a punishment. On the contrary, working out is a reward in its own right, a reward for your body as well as for your mind.

Furthermore, just because you burned a few, maybe even more than just a few calories at the gym does not mean that you need to replenish them by rewarding yourself with a double portion of cheeseburgers with French fries. Instead of reaping the benefits of your intended reward, you would be undermining all the positive work you did at the gym. Do not do that to yourself and do not do that to your body. As a matter of fact, whether you have been to the gym or not, you can never get away with eating more than you should be eating. And never forget that a vigorous workout at the gym does not, will not and cannot replace healthy eating.

A smart weight lose program combines a consistent exercise regimen and healthy food choices in order to lead you to the end results you are striving for - a fit and lean you who leads a healthy lifestyle. Exercise alone will not get you there nor will healthy food choices on their own; the two must go hand in hand.

So, choose to lead a healthful lifestyle by selecting a variety of healthy foods, by eating them in moderate portions, by setting your body in motion at the gym as well as away from the gym and you will love the new you that will result from your positive choices - slim, trim, fit, energetic, good looking and healthy in body and mind.
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