Do you have the habit of doing regular physical exercise?
Regular physical activity plays a vital role in effective weight loss and weight maintenance. It improves your overall health and well being.
Physical activity lessens the stress, strengthens your heart and lungs, boosts energy levels, assists to maintain and achieve ideal body weight and it also improves the quality of life.
Any type of activities such as planned exercise, work related tasks, sports or household chores all are beneficial for your health.
How physical activity helps in controlling your weight?
While doing physical activity it uses excess calories stored as fat in your body. Your body weight is regulated by the number of calories you eat and use each day. If you perform any physical activity in conjunction to what you normally do, it will use up the extra calories.
The majority of foods you eat and various beverages you drink contain calories, and these calories will be used by every task you do. These tasks may be breathing, sleeping, food digestion, and obviously moving around.
Balancing these calories through regular physical activity will help in achieving ideal body weight. If you consume fewer calories than you use then your body uses the stored calories and hence you can lose weight.
You can choose any type of physical activity to do. If you perform strenuous activities such as running, walking, household chores, or aerobic dancing, they will automatically increase the number of calories your body utilizes.
How much physical activity you should do?
To attain maximum health benefits and for successful weight loss you should perform at least 60 minutes of aerobic activity three or more times a week.
Performing physical activity to this extent will greatly help to reduce your risk for some chronic diseases. The physical activities you choose should be enjoyable for you.
In order to maintain your weight after successful weight loss, you need to do 60-90 minutes of daily moderate-intensity physical activity to maintain your calorie levels. This regular activity is very important for long-term weight control.
If you are not feeling well then you can start with less strenuous exercises like walking and swimming at a comfortable speed. Slow start will make you physically fit without damaging your body.
Once you acquire better shape, you can progressively do more strenuous exercises. You can do either moderate-intensity activities or aerobic exercise for your weight management.
Moderate-intensity activity: This type of physical activity includes some of the things you may already be doing during the day such as house work and gardening.
You need to do these activities in short spurts; performing 30 minutes of physical activity in a day can result in weight loss and also beneficial for your health.
Aerobic activity: These activities burn more calories other than any activity. Some of the aerobic activities include cycling, aerobic dancing, jogging, and ice skating, swimming, skiing, and walking.
While you are doing exercise your heart rate will increase up to 60-70 percent of the normal rate.
If you follow these activities regularly you can achieve successful long-term weight loss and a healthy life.