Daily Exercise: The Key to Weight Loss
Making exercise a priority
Healthy weight loss is not something that happens overnight, by dieting alone, or even exercising once a week. Daily exercise is the key to healthy weight loss primarily because it makes exercise a priority. If exercise is something we must do, like breathe, eat, go to work, and pay our bills, we can begin to take it seriously and consider it as a routine part of our lifestyle.
Obstacles to getting daily exercise
We know that eating right and exercising is good for us, but that doesn't mean we always have the ability to follow through with our best intentions. It can be extremely difficult to be disciplined enough to exercise every day. Following are some common reasons for quitting a routine, or worse, not even beginning one:
- I'm too fat, so what's the point? This is a self-defeating way of thinking that carries over into other aspects of one's life, affecting self-esteem and self-respect. Physical limitations or embarrassment may exist, but what really gets limited in the long run is potential.
- I have medical conditions. (Weak joints, weak heart, inflexibility, pain) Medical conditions should be taken seriously, but doctors do recommend that some form of daily exercise be undertaken. There are many low-impact exercises, or exercises tailored to your specific condition available. Ask your doctor or seek out a personal trainer.
- I hate gyms, my neighborhood is unsafe, and yoga is impossible. It is important to acknowledge that exercise can be modified to suit your particular comfort zone. There are women-only gyms available, types of yoga based on simple stretching and breathing, and walking and hiking groups looking for new members. Look for fliers at your church, library, or community hall.
- I can't make the time to exercise every day. Find opportunities to ease your way into exercising. Remember that it is part of your life like breathing or eating. Park across the lot and walk to the store entrance; stretch during commercial breaks; take a walk around the block after taking out the trash. Perform light yard work, or take the kids to the park.
Benefits of daily exercise
When exercising daily, you should attempt to increase the heart rate for 30 minutes. This strengthens the heart and provides a proper blood supply to your brain and organs. You can work your way up to this if just starting out. Aside from improving your heart's health, daily exercise:
- Helps in losing weight and keeping it off. Did you know taking a break from a daily exercise routine can cause weight gain? It will be more difficult to shed these pounds after restarting your routine.
- Improves emotional well-being. Exercise releases endorphins, hormones which promote a sense of well-being and happiness.
- Promotes self-discipline and self-esteem. Achieving a daily goal sets the mental groundwork for bigger, more difficult endeavors in life.
Daily exercise is the key to weight loss if you're able to make it a priority and life long habit for good health. There are many obstacles to daily exercise, including time and physical restraints, but they can be overcome when we weigh the benefits of daily exercise.