“Exercise for Weight Loss” is an article series detailing the most successful exercise strategies that can be used to assist in speeding up the weight loss process, and help you end-up with a sleek, toned physique once your bodyweight gets down to your goal-weight.

Let’s start at the very beginning

Exercise is a strange thing. Cavemen didn’t go to the gym, or go for a jog every morning, did they? And what about people in medieval times? Did they do pilates on weekends?

The reality of exercise is that it’s a modern invention to make up for the lack of physical effort involved in our daily lives. Most people nowadays have jobs that require almost no hard physical activity, yet our bodies crave that kind of work for optimum health and strength. A hard-working body is a body that lives the longest, healthiest life, so we exercise to get that component of our health back.

A hard-working body is also (usually) a body that stays in decent shape

So the bottom line is that exercise is important. It’s so important that it’s actually a mandatory requirement for a healthy human.

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You NEED to exercise hard at least three times per week, for around 45 minutes each time. Ideally, you want to be doing hard exercise five days per week if you can.

What is ‘hard’ exercise?

If you’re calling something ‘exercise’ then you need to be breathing hard and sweating a lot, and also using some muscle power to do it. A gentle walk is not ‘exercise’, otherwise we’d all look like superheroes – we tend to walk a fair amount in the course of a normal day.

The start of your journey:

Think about what you might like to do for exercise, when you might do it, and also how you might make it something that you can keep doing in the long-term. This article series will help you to answer some of those questions more effectively, but the important thing is to begin to accept that exercise is a necessary ‘evil’, and make peace with doing it (almost) every day.

The good news? It only gets easier from here.

 

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