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Exercise Consistency Ė a Key to Weight Loss

Exercise Consistency and Weight loss

If youíre exercising for weight loss, the most important factor isnít the exercises you perform, or the duration of your workouts, or even the intensity of your workouts.

These all do have a bearing on how many calories you burn during your workouts, but the single most important contributing factor to your weight loss success is the consistency of your workouts.

Weíve all heard that the secret to achieving sustainable weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight is lifestyle. And what exactly is lifestyle?

Lifestyle is a term used to describe what we do most commonly on day to day basis. That is, what we eat most regularly and how regularly weíre active. In other words, what we eat and do consistently.

To help you exercise more regularly, here are our top tips:

  1. When you begin exercising, start off very slowly and build your workout intensity, duration and frequency gradually over weeks and months. The worst thing you can do is overdo it initially by exercising too hard, too long, or too often.
  2. Try to exercise at the same time of the day for each workout. This will help you get into the habit of exercising and help you manage your other life commitments around your exercise program.
  3. Mix up your workouts. This will help prevent boredom and will encourage total fitness and maximum health and weight loss benefits. Be sure to include both cardiovascular exercises (walking, jogging, cycling, etc) with muscle strengthening and stretching exercises (weight lifting, Yoga, Pilates, body weight exercises, etc).
  4. Find yourself a workout buddy or two. This will also help prevent boredom and will encourage you to exercise when you donít feel like it. Work colleagues, friends and family make the best workout buddies, but if youíre struggling to find someone with a common goal and interest in exercising regularly, there are plenty of online walking group forums and exercise forums where you can search for someone friendly to exercise with.
  5. Find exercises that you enjoy and do these the most. For example, if you like walking the best, make walking the exercise you do most and supplement your walking with some other exercise (like cycling or Pilates) on occasion.
  6. Treat yourself to some exercise gadgets or new exercise outfits now and then. Great examples are heart rate monitors, new bicycles, exercise DVDís, or even just a new pair of runners. Itís amazing how things like these can motivate you to exercise, even if itís just while you work your way out of a slump.
  7. Match your workouts to the seasons. For example, if itís the middle of winter and itís freezing cold outside, itís not a good time to begin jogging outdoors. It might be a better idea to sign up for some Yoga or Pilates classes until the weather warms up a bit. Then you can start jogging.
  8. Consider getting professional help to get you started or keep you going. A personal trainer can help you plan your workouts and show you how to perform a large variety of exercises to keep your workouts safe, interesting and effective.

If youíre exercising for weight loss, the most important factor isnít the exercises you perform, or the duration of your workouts, or even the intensity of your workouts.

These all do have a bearing on how many calories you burn during your workouts, but the single most important contributing factor to your weight loss success is the consistency of your workouts.

We hope youíre now convinced of this fact and have enjoyed our tips to help you exercise more regularly and achieve your weight loss goals.

Good luck with your weight loss and thanks for visiting weightloss.com.au.

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This article was written by Scott Haywood.

Scott is the editor of weightloss.com.au. Scott has developed an expertise in fitness and nutrition, and their roles in weight loss, which led him to launch weightloss.com.au in 2005. Today, weightloss.com.au provides weight loss and fitness information, including hundreds of healthy recipes, weight loss tools and tips, articles, and more, to millions of people around the world, helping them to lead happier, healthier, lives.

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