Thursday, March 11, 2010

Exercise Tip for Weight Loss Success: Start Small

The best exercise for weight loss is the one you will do.

Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, it is true. You will lose more weight doing 5 minutes of something you love to do then you will pledging to workout for an hour every day.

Start small.

I subscribe to the "one jumping jack theory" which is based on a fitness study done years ago. It actually tracked the results of two groups of people. The first group committed to doing a single jumping jack every day. The second group committed to a daily one hour work out.

Guess who lost more weight over the period of the study? Yep...those jumpers!

A lot of the people who made the big commitment just couldn't keep it. Hmmm...that sounds familiar...but that would be another blog entirely. So rather than doing a partial workout, they just didn't do any workout at all. Kind of the "go big or go home" mentality.

On the other hand, it was pretty easy to get in a jumping jack. You don't even have to put on any workout clothes if you don't want to. And after doing one, what's another one...and another...and how about a push up or two.

Interesting, isn't it?

So start small. Commit to something that you absolutely, positively can do. And then do it.

Once you have built that small activity into your life, you can bump it up just a little bit more.

Is this going to give you 6 pack abs overnight? Heck no! But it just might keep you off the weight loss roller coaster ride of up and down the same 10 or 20 pounds!

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