“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.
The single step to kick-start your journey
Exercise for weight loss is a complicated topic – or, it can be, if you’re listening to what everyone has to say about it. If you have a hundred conversations on this idea, you’d end-up with almost as many ‘solutions’ to the problem.
So how does one start then?
What is the ‘single step’ that begins the journey of a thousand miles?
Well, weighing up all of the options – running, walking, cycling, swimming, strength training, circuit training, yoga, mixed martial arts, and the rest – there is one goal that MUST be satisfied for the purposes of weight loss and long-term health.
That goal is that you must make your body STRONGER
Why is this the goal?
- Because your strength diminishes as you get older if you don’t work hard to maintain it, and strong people are healthier and more able than weak people.
- Stronger people also have better hormone profiles than weak people, making weight loss far easier.
- Also, the addition of muscle mass to your frame will drive your metabolism up, causing weight loss to occur more rapidly, and you’ll use your food much more efficiently too.
So the goal, if you can only do one thing to exercise, is to make your body stronger than it already is.
How do you do that?
There are a few ways, but they all involve moving heavy (relative) objects in some way. Whether these objects are weights, kettlebells, your body, other bodies or odd objects is irrelevant. You need to do something that uses your muscles to generate force, and the force needs to increase as you get stronger.
Once you’re doing some form of strength work then you can look at the fitness side of things.
Chat to a personal trainer, or check out some videos online on how to start building your strength. There are loads of free apps that you can download onto your phone, and you will need very minimal equipment.
And if you think that you’re “TOO OLD” to do any sort of strength training, then check out this 91-year-old woman who puts the youngsters to shame. If SHE can do it, so can YOU!
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