Why Exercise Can Greatly Improve Your Health
Today, our Customer Transformation Coach Candida discusses the benefits of exercise and whether or not it is critical for your weight loss journey.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that diet and exercise go hand in hand. Exercise is essential for leading a healthy life, however, it doesn’t always promote weight loss. Exercise increases appetite in many people and although initially you will burn more calories, the burn will eventually plateau as the body stabilises.
When it comes to losing weight, what you put in your body is more important than how you move it initially. When I started my New You journey, I was too embarrassed to join a gym or to even go out speed walking and if truth be known, I did not have the inclination.
I was embarking on a massive detox and I felt that this was more than enough for my body to cope with at that time. Don’t get me wrong, I did not sit around all day waiting for the weight to miraculously drop off and for a toned and perfect Claudia Schiffer body to emerge. I knew that at some point on my journey I would have to start exercising to tone up.
I have a very busy life and at the time, a relatively physical job. So really that was enough to deal with without adding an exercise regime in as well. Everybody of course is different but for me, losing the weight was my priority.
Please don’t get me wrong, I am not saying you have to make a choice between diet or exercise.
Exercise can be fantastic for:
✔ Increasing your energy levels
✔ Improving your physical appearance
✔ Increasing muscle mass
✔ Reducing depression
✔ Increasing your overall sense of well-being
What I am saying is one step at a time.
When you embark on a TFR diet, your body has a lot to adjust to. You have to take it a day at a time, allowing your body space to adapt to the process of ketosis.
There is no harm in the beginning by taking a lovely walk, or perhaps a gentle swim but moderate/heavy exercise should be left until you are further down the line with your weight loss. Also remember that when you are on a TFR diet, the calorie intake is restricted and if you are working out or following an exercise routine you must monitor your calories closely. You must keep your calories above 450 to stay medically safe. If you are exercising and your calories fall below this, you risk the chance of going in to starvation mode; in simple terms, anything you put in to your body, your body will cling on to and you could stop losing weight.
I began an exercise regime once I had lost a lot of my weight. I felt ready to start a new chapter in my journey so I took up running, I started very slowly, building up carefully and used my FitBit to monitor my calories in and out, having an extra pack when needed.
The benefits of exercising are incredible. Not only is it free, it’s not ageist. Plus there is strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a super healthier and happier life.
Partaking in any physical activity can:
✔ Boost your self-esteem
✔ Improve your mood
✔ Better your sleep quality
✔ Increase your energy levels.
A very cost-effective pill, if it could be prescribed.
So many of us lead a sedentary lifestyle or the silent killer as it has been referred to; sitting at computers all day long, watching TV, reading or sleeping for long periods of time. We have also become a nation of tech addicts which in many ways make our lives easier but is this damaging our health? Sitting around for long periods of time, ordering the shopping online, taking the car for short journeys has made us somewhat lazy.
Setting yourself a daily target to get up and get moving is crucial.
There are so many small things we can do to up the level of exercise we take:
✔ Take the stairs instead of the lift at the office
✔ Walk to the local shops, cycle to work if you can
✔ Go for a swim before you start your working day
✔ Make activity part of your daily life!
For any type of activity to benefit your health, you need to be moving quick enough to raise your heart rate, breathe a little faster and feel warmer.
Set a time for physical activity in your daily target and stick to it. You’re far more likely to find time to be active if you do it at the same time and on the same days each week. The NHS recommend that we “aim to achieve at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week through a variety of activities.”
There is a time for exercise and a time to relax. Find your happy medium for a balanced happy and healthy life. Start your daily target plan today!
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