Exercise can help you reach your goals

Exercise can help you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the long term. If you have tried exercise and diet before but have failed to reach your weight loss goals, it could be time to put your doctor on your side.

Healthy weight and exercise

Exercise is defined as any physical activity that pushes you out of your “comfort zone” by making you breathe harder, your heart beat faster and your body use more energy than usual. Staying active will help you reach your weight loss goals by burning energy. If you burn more energy with regular exercise while not eating any more than normal, you will improve your chances of losing weight. Changing your attitude to exercise, being active in many different ways, walking more, and scheduling time for exercise can all help make a difference.

Tips for a healthy weight through exercise

  1. Change your attitude.

    One of the most important things you can do is to choose an exercise that you like doing – it shouldn’t be a chore. This way you are more likely to stay motivated. You may also like to make exercise a social event by getting your friends involved. Try to think of movement as an opportunity to improve your health.

  2. Exercise regularly.

    Try and do at least 30–60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on as many days a week as you can. If you can, also do some regular, vigorous activity that you enjoy. Remember, even small changes to your activity levels can make a difference to the calories you burn.

  3. Walk more.

    Walk up the stairs instead of using the lift and walk up the escalator instead of standing still. Get off the bus or train a stop before your destination or if you drive, park a little further away. At work, walk to your colleague’s office instead of phoning or emailing them and go for a walk during your lunch break. Try to find different walks and alternate between them during the week. Walking is one of the easiest ways to increase your activity.

  4. Just get moving.

    Join a gym or sign up for a class at a skill and fitness level you feel comfortable with – remember that there will always be people in the same position as you. Turn off the TV, get out and do something active. Perhaps mow the lawn or do some gardening – or even do some housework. You’ll not only benefit from having a clean house but will burn calories too!