Losing weight can be a daunting task. Where do you start? Basically you must burn more calories in a day than you consume. Therefore a good diet is important, combined with the right exercise program. I will guide you through things to consider when starting a beginners exercise program for weight loss, and explain the different types of exercises you need. The first thing you need to do if you have not exercised for a long time, are coming back from a medical condition or if you are over weight, is to see your medical practitioner and get a check up. That way you can begin an exercise program with confidence.
The second thing you need to do is sit down and determine what your goals are. Do you want to shed a certain amount of weight by a certain date, do you want to fit into a favorite pair of jeans, or do you just want to look and feel great? Write down your goals as these will be a motivating force as you begin your exercise program. Try to make them quantifiable, so that you can measure your results and determine if you have met your goal. Goals will keep you focused. When you are feeling tired and don’t want to train, just look at what you have written down as your goals and you should get inspiration to keep going. Some people tell their families or friends what their goals are so they feel obliged to keep to their word. Some begin an exercise program for weight loss with others, so it is harder to make excuses not to train.
What sort of exercises are best to lose weight for a beginner?
When starting a weight loss exercise program for beginners, you need to assess your fitness level and start exercises based on your fitness level. One way to do this is to get a personal trainer, start a gym membership and get a professional to guide you, or you could start out on your own, starting out slowly and assess yourself. If you are struggling or you are getting sore easily, back off. If you feel you can go harder, you can pick up the intensity.
The best way to begin any weight loss exercise program is to start walking. Walking is great as you are using your own body weight as resistance. You are working your cardiovascular system and your muscles without putting too much stress on your body. Also walking is quite enjoyable. As your general fitness increases you need to focus on three types of exercise. Cardio conditioning, strength conditioning and flexibility.
Cardio exercise for beginners includes any exercise that gets your heart rate up for a prolonged period of time such as 30 minutes. To lose weight, research has found that 30 minutes a day is necessary, combined with a good diet. Start interval training and you can accelerate weight loss. Strength training involves resistance exercise, requiring your muscles to work against the resistance. You burn fat while working out and also as your body recovers from the stress placed on it. Therefore you burn fat over a longer period of time. Finally, flexibility exercises are important to keep your body agile and prevent injuries while exercising.