Aerobic Exercise

There are two main ways to lose weight. The first is eating healthy. The second way to exercise. Neither of these methods is easy! In other words, to lose weight, one must have the right mind to do so. They need to be disciplined and strive on even when things get tough at times. For this post, we will focus on aerobic exercise.

Aerobic exercise literally burns calories. Imagine the thousands of calories we eat each day. Better yet, picture two different people who both weigh 200 pounds. They are both men, the same age, and height. Now, imagine one of them exercises for 30 minutes each day, while the other does not.

Fast forward 6 months! The one who did not exercise is probably the same weight. They might even be a pound or two heavier. On the other hand, take a look at the one who exercised for 30 minutes each day. His pants no longer fit! This is because he lost weight. He may have lost a full 10 pounds. That, and his belt might be a couple belt loops tighter.

It’s really that easy. Except it’s not! Stick with an exercise plan is tough. One day missed turns into two days missed very fast. And then it might turn into three days missed. With exercise, like anything, it’s easy to fall into old habits.

The most important thing about the plan isn’t how many minutes per day to do exercise. The most important thing about the plan is sticking with it. It’s alright to miss a day or two. However, it’s critical to the plan to get back on track when life gets busy. And life does get busy. That’s why skipping a few days here and there should be part of the original plan. If it’s planned that a few days will be skipped, it will be easier to jump right back in.

Losing Weight

No one stays in shape their entire life. I’m no different. Sure, at the time of this writing I believe I’m in pretty good shape. I went for a run this morning and I ate moderately healthy today. However, throughout the year, I may fluctuate slightly with my fitness and eating habits.

The topic of losing weight is a large undertaking. The main points, however, that everyone should know when it comes to weight loss. Exercise, healthy eating habits, and proper sleep all assist in weight loss. As a matter of fact, each of these three should be focused on at the same time if someone is in the process of losing weight.

If someone eats healthy but doesn’t exercise it will be difficult for them to burn calories. If a person gets only 4 hours of sleep each night they will probably eat more during their waking hours. Also, if a person exercises but doesn’t eat healthily, they are only treading water. As soon as they stop exercising for a few days all of their progress will be lost. The key is to be focused on a well-rounded weight loss plan.

Small choices have big results. This can go both ways. For example, during times of desired weight loss, a rule should be no fast food. This makes it easier avoid unwanted carbs. The carbs in something like oatmeal is good for you. Those are complex carbs. The carbs in a hamburger bun are bad for you. They are made up in part of simple carbs.

Losing weight is not easy. The hardest part, without training, is the mental aspect of sticking with the plan. If the plan is compromised it’s much harder to continue with the plan. Cheat days are called so for a reason. They are like a pressure release which must happen from time to time. To learn more about losing weight, watch the video below.