It’s been a week and it’s been a struggle! I haven't realized how much I have adopted back my unhealthy eating habits and grabbing for unhealthy foods until now. But preparing my own meals and making sure that I have healthy snacks with me definitely makes a difference and helped me to drop four pounds in a week. It's generally recommended that you try to lose 1-2 pounds a week but weight loss may vary for each person.
Eating healthy is key but adding exercise to your regimen is also important. Here's some tips to help you with the challenge so you can look great:
The American Heart Association recommends that we exercise to prevent heart disease.
For Overall Cardiovascular Health:
•At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week for a total of 150
•At least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week for a total of 75 minutes; or a combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity
•Moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 days per week for additional health benefits.
Five days a week may not work for you especially if you are busy so perhaps try three days a week instead and if that’s too hard for you as well to get started then try two days a week. What’s important is that you start! Your body may not be used to vigorous aerobic activity so you may opt for something lighter to get you started. Today was National Walking Day and walking is a great way to take charge of your health and something you can do on your own.
Other tips to follow:
-Grab a friend – If you need support have a friend or a relative exercise with you to help you with your weight loss/fitness journey
-Be consistent - Work out a schedule that works for you, whether it’s in the morning or late, and make exercise apart of your weekly routine to get into the habit of doing it.
-Be patient - Know it’s a process and be patient with the workout results that you will receive. The key is to not give up!
-Do what works for you - Do something that you enjoy or that you always wanted to do whether it’s running, the elliptical, an exercise class or other aerobic activities. Even though it may be consistent you can add variety if you like so it doesn’t get boring.
*Remember to always consult a physician before starting any diet or exercise program.
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