How Long Should I Work Out to Lose Weight?

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Many people are under the mistaken idea that in order to lose weight they must commit to performing strenuous activity for hours per day. This misconception leads to some becoming discouraged from working out or even prevents them from beginning in the first place. However, the truth is that any and all physical activity can lead to weight loss. While the rate at which individuals lose weight varies, everyone benefits from routine exercise. Making physical activity a part of your routine, along with eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is the best weight loss program available.

Aerobic Activity

Vigorous aerobic activity, such as running, kick-boxing or spinning, makes you sweat and breathe faster than other forms of exercise. Therefore, you don't need to be active for long periods of time to achieve the recommended amount of weekly activity. Plan to do some activity for at least 30 minutes a day for five days a week to see your results based on that level exercise.

Less-Strenuous Activity

Many people neglect to add up all of the moderate exercise that they get while performing normal day-to-day activities. However, there are ways to increase your activity level in these areas too. Instead of riding the elevator, take the stairs at work, park further away from your office building or take brisk walks during your lunch break. If you're going to the mall, walk from end to end (each level) window shopping before you actually start shopping for items on your list.

Adding It All Up

Government guidelines recommend that adults should get 150 to 300 minutes of moderately intense activity each week, such as a brisk walk or cycling. Whether you choose short or long bursts of activities, it will all add up at the end of the week. Keep in mind that exercise alone isn’t enough to lose weight. You must combine it with healthy eating habits. These two components are inextricably linked and work together to create a healthier lifestyle.

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