Exercise on its own won’t make you lose weight. However, it does help and it will make you feel more comfortable about your body in general. Even without reducing your food intake, with regular exercise you will find your clothes becoming loose.
Why is that so, you may be wondering? Well, exercise helps you reduce fat and gain muscle. And of course with this, your appearance will also improve. So please, don’t just stick with the idea of dieting alone. A healthy lifestyle should be based on healthy eating, healthy exercise and a healthy and happy spirit.
Ideally, a combination of stretching and strengthening exercises will help get you into shape. On saying this, you mustn’t expect immediate results. But you’re bound to feel the difference after exercising regularly every day for say, six weeks. And after that, once you get into the habit of exercising, don’t stop.
Those people who are energetic and sporty in nature may well opt for something a little more demanding than the rest. Go with it. Do whatever it is you feel is right for you. Some people naturally lead active lifestyles in that they’re always running around doing this and that. They might also enjoy squash, swimming or jogging as something to consider on a more regular basis. While there are those sensitive, home-loving types who might get a lot of relaxation as well as benefit from say, water related sports.
If you don’t get out a lot and you aren’t keen on joining a gym there is something you can do at home. The exercises I’m going to give you now are for your thighs and stomach.
Firstly for thighs. – Hold on to a chair and sit on your heels. Keep your back straight. Lift yourself up a bit so your thighs are parallel with the floor and your bottom doesn’t quite touch your ankles. Then move up a little more so you feel the strain all along your thighs. Tilt your pelvis, tucking your bottom under and count to three. Return to the squat position. Repeat this three times building up gradually to ten.
Next an exercise for thighs and stomach. Sit against a wall, pressing your lower back into it and stretching legs out as wide as they can go. Lean your shoulders forward. Hold your hands between legs, palms on the floor parallel with your knees. Nowbend your knees slightly, lifting your legs and pointing your toes. Now straighten your knees. Bend and straighten your knees five times, building up to ten.
For this next exercise, lie on the floor on your back with your knees bent and feet flat. Keep the fingers of both hands cupped behind your head, and the elbows wide. Next, while breathing out, pull in the abdominal hard and raise yourself up as far as you can. Then, while breathing in, lower yourself back down to the floor. Do about eight or ten of these.
Combine regular exercise with a good nutritious diet and you will soon notice a difference in yourself as you embark on a new and more healthy lifestyle.