In addition to making dietary changes to lose weight, it is also very important try to be as active as you can. Exercise play a very important role in both losing weight, improving health and getting fit. Simply moving more has significant health benefits and can increase your metabolic rate. Get up and move around every half hour, walk, dont take the bus, take stairs instead of a lift or park your car further away if you can.
Getting more active and staying active are very important. Many people starting this journey find physical activity extremely difficult. However as you progress through your weight-loss journey, you will be surprised by how much progress you can make in terms of weight-loss, fitness and improved physical health.
To achieve the most from activity and exercise you need to get your heart rate up. This should be for 30 minutes at a time. For people who are not fit, even brisk walking can burn significant calories and increase fitness. This will also improve your cardiovascular health, increase your energy levels and improve mood, reducing stress. As you progress with your weight loss you will find these activities much easier.
In general, any physical activity is better than none. We will give you personalised advice on the best kinds of activities and excercises to get you started. Many people find that personal fitness trackers and step-counting devices are very useful and encourage greater activity levels. For a lot of people, achieving 10,000 steps a day is an achievable goal and can greatly improve your fitness and activity levels.
Current recommendations are: 150 minutes (2 and a half hours) a week of moderate intensity exercise; or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) of vigorous intensity activity. Or a combination of both moderate and vigorous activity. Individual exercise sessions such last at least 10 minutes and should preferably be spread throughout the week. Your Doctor will advice you on the best way for you to get started improving fitness and activity levels. These changes to your lifestyle will significantly increase your chances of sustained weight-loss.
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