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Exercise: Is It the Best for Weight Loss?

Aug 17, 2007
Exercise is an important component of any weight loss program. In order to lose weight, you have to burn off more calories than you consume. Exercise is the primary means by which you can increase the number of calories you expend. Therefore, it simply makes sense to exercise when you want to lose weight.

Exercising offers many benefits to people who want to lose weight beyond just simply causing more calories to be expended. Aerobic exercise has a positive impact on your metabolism. If you start off your day with any type of aerobic workout, you will kick start your metabolism into high gear. The better and more efficiently your metabolism works, the more calories you will expend, even at rest.

When you exercise first thing in the morning, you will feel better and be more alert throughout the day. You will burn more calories than if you didn't begin your day with a vigorous workout due to a jump start to your metabolism. Many people like to start their days out by running, taking an aerobic exercise class, or at home with the aid of a kickboxing DVD, or bicycling. These are excellent types of aerobic activities for any weight loss program.

Of course, if you aren't a morning person, an early morning workout might not be your best option. Aerobic exercise will be beneficial to your weight loss efforts no matter what time of day you fit it into your schedule. Just remember than engaging in vigorous aerobic activity just before bed time can keep you awake when you want to sleep.

The most common types of anaerobic exercise involve working out with weight machines and free weights. Working out with weights is an excellent way to help your weight loss efforts. When you exercise with weights, you are building muscle. Lean muscle mass is much more conducive to weight loss than body fat. The more muscle you have, the more efficiently your metabolism will work.

Yoga is another popular anaerobic exercise. Yoga is a powerful tool for building strength, stamina, and flexibility. Many people find yoga to have a very relaxing and de-stressing effect. Yoga is good for your mind and your body, and can have a positive impact on your weight loss goals.

For maximum results, combine aerobic activity with anaerobic activity. Your metabolism will be in high gear and your muscles will become more toned and efficient. There is no substitute for exercises in any serious weight loss program. Even if you only have time for a short walk or a few sit-ups each day, regular exercise plays and important role in any weight loss program.
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