Exercise is equally important as the diet regimen in weight loss. A regular exercise regimen is important to lose weight, to tone up the muscles and to make the body fit.
A daily aerobic activity of at least 30-40 minutes is essential for a successful weight loss program. You can choose the activity of your choice and interest. It can range from brisk walking to jogging, running, dancing, and swimming, skipping, cycling and dancing. Similar to the meals, schedule your exercise and stick to that schedule. If you are doing the exercise of your interest, there are better chances of your sticking to it.
Find a partner whom you can exercise with. This will also help you stick to your exercise regimen.
Walking is the best form of exercise. This is especially so in individuals who suffer from any of the life style ailments such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease etc.
Diet control plus regular exercise is an ideal combination for successful weight loss. It is more beneficial than either exercise or diet alone. A decrease in food intake combined with an increase in the calorie consumption is much more effective in the long run than by decreasing the calorie intake or increasing the calorie consumption alone.
What is interval training?
Interval training involves periods of high intensity exercise followed by periods of low intensity exercise or periods of recovery. These sets are then repeated. Interval training can be followed in any cardiovascular exercise (e.g. running, walking, cycling etc.) by performing brief periods of near maximum exertion followed by periods of lower intensity activity.
If you are fit and have optimum cardiovascular health, you can include interval training in you exercise regimen. Interval training is a very effective method of strength building and successful weight loss.
Approximate Value of Energy Expenditure during Some Common Aerobic – Activities
*Adapted from Passmore, R and Durnin, J VGA: ‘Human Energy Expenditure’, Physiol. /Rev., 35, 801, 1955.