I read yesterday that researchers believe that 75% of Americans will be overweight by 2015. So I thought I should add some of my thoughts on the weight loss topic.
The first exercise tip for weight loss is, of course, do it. The only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you consume. Exercise not only burns calories directly, but it also raises your metabolism so that you are burning more calories all the time. Most people should be getting about an hour of exercise most days of the week.
The second tip is to get some gentle exercise after meals. An easy walk after eating is a good idea. That tells the body that you want to turn the calories you consumed into energy instead of fat. Don’t exercise too vigorously though, most of your blood is in the digestive tract after eating, and not available for your muscles.
The third tip is to take a rest in the middle of your workout. Apparently we burn more fat if wee exercise for 30 minutes, rest for 20 minutes then exercise for 30 minutes, than we would if we just exercised for an hour at a stretch.
The last tip is to find ways to stay active, throughout your day. If you work in a multistory building climb the stairs. Always use the bathroom on a different floor, at home and at work. When you go shopping, park at the far end of the parking lot. Get involved in a sport. Have fun exercising.