“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 body weight gets down to your goal-weight. 

Can recreational activities help you lose weight?

Exercise is activity that you do for the sole purpose of achieving a certain goal, whether that is losing weight, gaining muscle, getting fit, or whatever.

The key components of EXERCISE are that it must be tough, it must increase in toughness over time, it must make you very tired, and you must get results from it. Lifting weights, running, circuit training – these are all possible forms of exercise.

Recreational activity is any physical activity that is not exercise – that means you’re doing it for some other reason (like for fun), and it’s not tough enough, or scalable enough to be considered exercise. These types of activities could be a hike, a game of soccer on the weekend, or a walk with your dogs.

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So is recreational activity good for weight loss, even if it’s not as tough as exercise?


You see, recreational activity beats the heck out of sitting on the couch. So although it’s not as constructive as exercise towards your weight loss goal, it’s still helping you to burn through some extra calories – and that’s a good thing if losing weight is what you’re after.



How do I fit in exercise and recreational activity?

A good way to think about it is that exercise is mandatory in a healthy weight loss and fitness lifestyle. Recreational activity is an extra, and the more you can do, the more you can benefit. Just don’t push it into the realm of becoming another chore, because its primary purpose is fun, not weight loss.

An active life is a good life. And part of that is weight loss. So have some fun with recreational activity.


Take a look at the articles below for more information exercising for weight loss:


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