Written By KIMf of Keep It Moving Fitness:
Losing weight can be a challenging task for anyone. It requires consistency and motivation to commit to a specific diet and fitness plan. The fitness industry has evolved tremendously, and it provides people with tools such as workout videos and fitness machines to encourage exercise by make it less of a burden. Although these tools can be beneficial, they can be costly and they are not available at all times. Knowing the best ways to stay physically active and live a healthy lifestyle when extra tools aren’t available can help you finish your fitness program and lose weight.
Cardiovascular exercises burn more calories than any other type of exercise, and as a result they can help you reach weight loss goals. There are a number of outdoor cardiovascular exercises that are just as, or perhaps more, effective than training in the gym or in front of the television. The American Council on Exercise reported that a regular walking program can help reduce blood cholesterol, lower blood pressure, increase cardiovascular endurance, boost bone strength, burn calories and keep weight. In addition to walking, you can try running, climbing hills and biking to help you lose weight.
Finding a work out buddy can be effective in helping you lose weight. According to Consumer Reports Health, it’s easy to slip back into old habits if you don’t get help. Getting group support might help with motivation and make it easier to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Find a friend who can provide positive feedback and constructive criticism. Together you can motivate each other remain consistent in diets and exercise plans.
Workout videos and machines can become costly over time, and they also can become boring. Many people quit their exercise regimen because they lose interest in repetitive workouts. Being involved in sports can keep you physically active while burning the calories need to lose weight. If you can’t enroll into organized sports in your community, try gathering friends and family for some kind of competitive sport a few times a week. Some fun examples are basketball, football, kickball, swimming and baseball. These sports are an way to stay active while giving yourself a break from the gym.
Having a healthy diet that includes a balanced nutrition is vital for any weight loss goals. If your workout regimen does not consist of videos or machines, you can still reach your weight loss goals by staying active and having a diet that is made up of various fruits, vegetables, grains, low-fat dairy products, lean protein sources, nuts and seeds. According to the MayoClinic.com, weight loss comes down to burning more calories that you take in. In other words, when losing weight the focus is not on what equipment or tools you use to burn calories but rather on the number of calories being burned exceeding the number you eat.