Is the person looking back at you in the mirror each morning starting to look a little heavy in all the wrong places? Welcome to the club. Obesity is a huge problem worldwide (no pun intended), and it’s no different in the United States. In fact, we’re one of the fattest nations on the planet. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re tired of that person in the mirror, you just need to follow a weight loss plan designed to take off the pounds. Let’s look at three physical activities your plan should include if you expect your weight loss efforts to be successful.
Folks decide to lose weight for may reasons. For some, it’s because they want to look better. For others, it’s for health reasons. Obesity is key cause of health related issues like high blood pressure and diabetes, so losing weight in these instances can literally be a matter of life and death. Whether for health reasons or appearance reasons, there is no better way to lose weight than by exercising.
In order to lose weight, a person must burn more calories than they take in. This was easier to do in the past when most jobs required significant physical effort, but it’s more difficult to do today. Folks no longer spend their days working in the fields. Instead, they are more likely to find themselves chained to a desk in an office. Combined with the high calorie fast food that is so common today, gaining weight is a lot easier than losing it. Therefore, you must make an effort to exercise each day.
Any activity that gets you on your feet and moving will burn calories, but to really take off the pounds you’ll have put in more effort. One of the best things you can do is swim. This will likely require a gym membership, but if you have that option,swimming is a big calorie burner. You can burn as much as 650 calories an hour by swimming. As an added benefit, not only will you burn calories, you will tone and strengthen your muscles as well.
After you’ve toweled off and changed out of your bathing suit, it’s time to take your bike for a spin. Bike riding can burn as much as 500 calories an hour for the average bike ride, and even more if you’re into really pushing it. It’s also great exercise for your heart, which is always a plus. To kill two birds with one stone and make efficient use of your time, consider biking to and from the gym for your swim sessions.
Lastly, any plan for losing wouldn’t be worth mentioning if it didn’t include walking. It’s a given that jogging is a great way to lose weight, but most don’t know how effective a simple walk can be. You won’t burn off the calories as quickly as you would by jogging, but walking is easier on the joints and knees which can help you avoid jogging related injuries down the road. For best results, try to put in 20 minutes a day for 5 days a week.
These weight loss ideas have proven to be successful for others, so you may want to consider adding them to your weight loss plan. By doing so, you will greatly improve your chances of losing the weight you desperately want to get rid of. You’ll send that fat person in the mirror packing in no time.