Friday, March 12, 2010

Exercise Tip for Weight Loss Success: Choose What's Right For You

Continuing on yesterday's theme of the best exercise for losing weight is the one you will do, it is important to try different types of exercise--and pick a couple things that you enjoy.

It doesn't really matter what your high school P.E. teacher told you was the best exercise. It doesn't matter what your siblings, spouse, or friends like to do. What matters is what feels good to YOU.

Some types of exercise are better for building our endurance...these are things that bring your heart rate up for a long period of time. This could be walking, jogging, running, bicycling, swimming, skating, dancing...even cleaning can fall into this category.

Other types of exercise are better for building up our muscles for strength. Weight training does not have to literally mean going to a gym and pumping iron. "Weight training" can be accomplished at home with little or no real exercise equipment. You can use your own body weight and things that you have around the house--like canned goods or bottles of water--instead of weights.

Gaining health doesn't have to take tons of time or money. Find something that you enjoy doing, and start small. Do what feels good for your body right now...realize as you drop weight and get in better shape your tastes might change!

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