The benefits of exercise can include:
Exercise is an important part of any weight-loss or weight control program. It should become a permanent part of your lifestyle.
Some people can lose weight by themselves, but most should seek help from a healthcare provider. Your provider will recommend the right kinds of exercise for you. Your provider may also refer you to a dietitian to plan your diet. A dietitian can teach you how to make healthier food choices and prepare meal plans that fit your specific diet needs. The goal of most diet and exercise plans is to help you lose 1 to 2 pounds a week.
As ways to gradually increase your physical activity, your provider may suggest that you:
Walking is a great way for almost everyone to increase the amount of time they exercise. Using a pedometer can be fun and motivating. A pedometer is a device that attaches to your clothing and tracks how many steps you take in a day. A good goal is to work up to 10,000 steps a day (5 miles). If your provider agrees, try increasing your steps each week by 500 a day until you reach 10,000 steps a day.
As you begin to exercise more, keep the following guidelines in mind:
To maintain your exercise program, follow these guidelines: