I must admit although I have been conscious of healthy eating for a while, exercise was not my forte. So, I would have sporadic months of dedication, mainly when I put on a little extra weight. In college, access to free gym equipment made it incredibly easy to keep the pounds off, but I only had free time before my 8 o’clock class. So, I dedicated a year of my life to waking at the crack of dawn, score the elliptical for 60 minutes, strength train with free weights for 20, and sit-ups plus side-bends for 10. Yes I was lean. Yes I had energy. Yes I knew this wasn’t a going to be a permanent component of my lifestyle.
Exercise is hard when you’re not having fun, and that’s why it is left out or easily dropped from our lifestyle.
In deciding a good routine, take a look in the mirror and notice where you gain weight. Are you a banana, apple, pear, or hour glass shape? Determining your shape will help you decide how to personalize your routine. Consider a workout that will not only target your main trouble area, but also tone and sculpt your whole body. Take it slow in the beginning, be determined to master ever exercise, and move on.
Cardio-aerobics is the key to rapid weight loss, but don’t leave out strength training. It is not necessary to buy expensive equipment to attain fast results, but it does require a little research to determine the time/calorie ratio of each exercise. Walking, crunches, squatting, jogging, lunges, dancing, cycling are all excellent exercises, as well as inexpensive, level appropriate workout videos. I used various Jane Fonda’s workout videos that I found at thrift stores during my pregnancy and afterward.
Stick to whatever cardio-aerobic workout that works best for your weight loss plan. Some attempt to lose at least 5 lbs a month (each individual varies), totaling 60 lbs a year. When your realistic, ideal weight is attained you can adjust the routine for maintenance. Having more than one routine is another way to break the monotony of exercising.
Never forget, a healthy diet is essential. If you decide to temporarily change your diet for weight loss results by way of calorie-counting up to 1,000-1,8000, high protein-low carbohydrate, or even a simple low-fat intake remember that it is temporary. These short-term, quick fixes aren’t meant to support a healthy body over a long period of time. Yet, a balanced, nutritious diet and regular exercise routine will help you maintain your ideal weight.