Why You Should Exercise if You Want to Lose Weight

I am aware that there are plenty of people who read my tips and advice that haven’t started running yet, or haven’t started doing any exercise at all.

So what I’m going to do here is give you a great overview of the importance of exercise when losing weight to encourage people to get started. It will also help to encourage ALL of you who are already exercising to keep going because exercise is VERY important.

Firstly, I’ll say that a lot of people will try anything they can to lose weight… except exercise!

After all, exercise can feel hard, it can feel uncomfortable, and it takes up time that some people just don’t want to commit.

However, if you want to lose weight and you want to get good results with your fitness, health, and body shape, then exercise is a CRUCIAL part of this.

Remember that there are 2 parts to the weight loss equation which are diet and exercise. If you miss the exercise part then you are severely limiting the weight loss results you can get.

When losing weight without exercise you also don’t get anywhere near the health and fitness benefits…

PLUS you’re very likely to still have a poor body shape rather than a fit and toned looking body. That’s because using diet alone to lose weight reduces both fat and muscle, whereas exercise helps you to lose fat while maintaining your muscle.

Another thing to consider is that studies show that people who exercise are more successful at losing weight and keeping it off over the long term. They make exercise part of their life and use it to lose weight as well as then making it a lot easier to maintain their weight.

So if you want to get the best weight loss results, and you want to keep the weight off over the long term, then regular exercise is VERY important.

But you should also remember this…

You still need to do the right type of exercise

There are thousands of different exercises you could do and any exercise is better than no exercise at all. However, the results that you get from these exercises vary significantly.

When choosing an exercise many people try whatever feels the easiest or the most comfortable. So they choose exercises like walking, yoga, or pilates.

While these exercises have their place in an overall fitness plan they are nowhere near as effective for losing weight as other exercises like running, swimming, and circuit training.

So firstly you need to choose an exercise that will help you get good weight loss results…

Then you need to exercise in the right way

In the same way that different exercises have different effects on your weight loss results, how you use an exercise has a HUGE impact on how successful you are.

Some important factors that determine your level of success are these…

  • How hard you push yourself
  • How long you exercise for
  • How you put together each training session – For example, doing one continuous effort, or varying speeds, distances, or repetitions
  • How you put everything together as part of a training plan for different days of the week

When you choose the right exercise, and you exercise in the most effective ways, you have a great opportunity to lose weight and keep it off over the long term.

Plus you get to increase your fitness and health the most…

AND you get the best looking body due to losing more fat and maintaining your muscle. This muscle also allows you to burn more calories which makes it easier to keep the weight off.

So with all this being said, if you haven’t started running, or started doing any exercise yet, then NOW is the time to start.

Why try to lose weight through diet but miss out on an exercise like running that will help you lose weight quicker?

Running will not only be a great help for you to lose weight, but it also provides you with many more benefits that can make a huge difference to your life.

For all of you who are already running, keep it up! You are definitely doing the right type of exercise, and what you need to do now is make sure that you’re exercising in the right way to get the results you want.

James

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