One of the mistakes I see some of my overweight friends do is try to exercise every day in an attempt to lose weight; particularly if they haven’t exercised in a long time.
While daily exercise is very good for you, is it really necessary for weight loss?
There are many benefits of daily exercise and one of those benefits is weight control.
If you struggled with a weight problem for most of your life, exercising daily can not only help you to slim down, but daily exercise can prevent unwanted weight gain and help with weight maintenance.
Another benefit of daily exercise is overall good health.
It’s no accident doctors tell patients at risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, certain forms of cancer, and depression to exercise regularly. It’s great for the body!
Consequently, exercise is fundamental for maintaining a healthy body.
Even people who have already suffered a serious health problem, accident, or in need of rehabilitation can benefit from exercise because again exercise, especially if strength training is incorporated, strengthens the body and as a result, helps the body to heal faster.
Other great benefits of exercise include improved memory, learning, mood, and sleep; stress reduction, warding off depression, preventing osteoporosis, and reducing premature death.
Now that you know the health benefits of exercise, is daily exercise necessary for weight loss?
Yes and no.
Yes because as mentioned, daily exercise is excellent for weight control and accordingly, can help dieters to lose and maintain weight.
No because dieters can exercise as little as 3 times per week and still lose weight just as they would with daily exercise; especially if one strength trains with weights because lean muscle burns more fat.
So what’s the difference?
The difference is one’s motive for exercising and the intensity level of one’s workout.
Once more, daily exercise is great for overall good health. Even if you don’t need to lose weight, everyone should exercise daily to maintain a healthy and strong body and of course, to control weight. It is recommend by the Department of Health and Human Services that adults get in at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
On the other hand, if you are trying to lose weight, you need to exercise a little more. However, this does not mean that dieters have to necessarily exercise longer or even every day.
If you don’t have the time to exercise every day, you can still slim down by exercising at least 3 times per week for as little as 30 minutes. However, you will need to increase the intensity level of your workout to ensure that you burn the most fat. A high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout is ideal for busy dieters who don’t have a lot of time to exercise.
Even for the busiest dieter, exercising every day for at least 30 minutes is more than doable. If the goal is to lose weight, remember the key in to increase your intensity level.
If you haven’t worked out in awhile and want to slim down, don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to exercise every day for an hour or more. Many dieters attempt to do this and then come down hard on themselves if they miss a day or two and thus, give up trying to lose weight.
Daily exercise is NOT necessary for weight loss.
It can definitely help, but if you are unable to exercise every day for whatever reason, you can still be successful at losing weight if you can commit to exercising at least 3 times per week.
Also, doing an all cardio workout is fine for weight loss, but if you want to burn fat (there is a difference) and tone your body, strength training will have to be a part of your workout.
Therefore, commit to strength training with weights at least 2 times per week to help burn fat and to slim down quicker.
If you can truly commit to daily exercise, doing 30 minutes of physical activity is the magic number. Just be sure to increase your intensity level to get the most out of your workout to burn fat.
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