If you’re aiming to lose weight, you need to know that the body utilizes a mix of carbohydrate and fat for fuel. How much of either depends on the type and intensity of your physical activity. It’s only when you use more energy than you take in that your body burns stored fat and carbohydrates, and then even protein, as fuel.
Most people who are trying to lose weight find that brisk walking is a great way to start their exercise regimes. It’s easy and convenient to incorporate walking into your daily routine. Walking to the nearest grocery store or to work instead of taking you car not only helps you lose weight, it saves gas too! For those who live in places where walking is not really feasible because of weather or safety reasons, walking on a treadmill will do just fine. You can even watch your favorite television programs while exercising.
An hour’s worth of brisk walking will burn about three hundred calories. It is perhaps the simplest exercise that most of the people can do to burn excess body fat.
If you have bad knees, cycling is a great alternative to high impact exercises like jogging or running. It’s a great workout whether you are outdoors on a bike or indoors on a stationary bicycle. An hour of biking can burn up to four hundred calories or more.
Swimming is a wonderful type of exercise that uses virtually all the muscles in the body. Those with joint problems also benefit from this gravity-free exercise since it doesn’t put a strain on any joints. What’s best is that swimming burns around six hundred calories per hour.
Whichever type of aerobic exercise you choose, it needs to be done on a regular basis. For faster, more effective weight loss, a change in diet and a daily exercise regime should go together. Don’t overexert yourself the first time you start exercising. Sore muscles will only discourage you and keep you from exercising the next couple of days. Also, don’t forget to consult your physician before attempting any strenuous activity especially if you have any kind of medical condition.
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.
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by Ryan Mutt