Every time one turns on the television or browses the internet, there is a bombardment of weight loss scams and tricks. Because of advertisement, people believe that weight loss can come in the form of a pill or surgery. Pills are often just dangerous caffeine dosages in an attempt to curve hunger. Surgery though it is technically a fat removal, carries with it dangerous risks and does not improve the condition of one’s heart or muscles.
Watching what one is consuming is definitely an EXCELLENT start to a weight loss program. There is no question at all about that. But in order to build muscle and get the heart in the best shape possible, exercise is needed.
There are several weight loss exercise regimes one may follow to maximize payback and get fast results. None of them are as simple as taking a pill or scheduling a surgery, but with today’s technological advancements as far as equipment and body output monitoring, the easiest route to physical fitness can be achieved quite easily.
The key to a healthy and trim body is balance. One must balance nutrition with aerobics and strength training in order to achieve the ideal result. However, this does not mean never eating junk again or performing grueling labor in a hated exercise program. Good nutrition can be achieved through a bit of knowledge and a bit of self control. I know that I cannot live without a piece of chocolate here and there. Half of a Hershey’s Bar once a month is not going to destroy my physical fitness goals. It is all about balancing the things I eat and limiting myself to as little junk food as possible.
Jogging is a fantastic way to lose weight through exercise. Not only does it get the blood flowing, promote flexibility, and get the heart pumping, but it also builds muscle mass in one’s legs.
Swimming is an alternative to jogging for those physically unable to jog. Swimming is very, very low impact and it works a variety of muscle groups. This is a great choice for the elderly or injured to keep circulation up and build muscle mass.
Bicycling is a fun way to shed pounds while getting some fresh air. Be sure, before engaging on a bicycle journey, that you have a comfortable sear, properly working brakes, and the proper bike for you. This can be a little dangerous and is not a good choice for those with disabilities or movement-impairing diseases.
Power Walking is a safer alternative to bicycling for those looking to get an effective cardiovascular workout and shedding a few pounds. Power walking can be a fun exercise if you can get a few friends to do it with you. Good conversation always makes a bit of exercise go faster.
Unfortunately, all of the aforementioned exercise methods do not apply to those with movement-impairing diseases. For those that are disabled or cannot strain muscles, losing weight can be a daunting task and gaining muscle is a far fetched fantasy. For these people, I would recommend a combination of resistance, isometrics and breathing (deep, slow and rhythmic). Because this can be done while sitting down or laying on the floor, it is ideal for those who have difficulty leaving the house and getting around.
Remember, you can definitely shed some pounds by utilizing these inexpensive weight loss exercises, but they must be used in combination with good nutrition to get to a healthier body. Commit yourself to a time (however brief… as little as thirty minutes will do the trick) every day to devote to making your body stronger and healthier.
Owner of IsoBreathing Inc. and creator of IsoBreathing Ellen has been teaching life style and fitness over 20 years and is a certified fitness practitioner and personal trainer. Find out about Isometric Exercise, Weight Loss Exercise or buy her Exercise DVD – visit http://www.isobreathing.com.