Are you a couch potato who would rather relax instead of getting active?

Avoid becoming a couch potato else you could find yourself piling on the weight! Excess weight can have many negative effects on your body and mind. Take charge and feel great by finding little ways to get active.

Regular walking is a wonderful place to start. It offers many potential health benefits, one of them being weight loss. Best of all is that walking is one of the simplest as well as cost effective forms of exercise that anyone can do.

You can increase the number of calories that you can burn by increasing your pace as you start to feel more comfortable. Many people enjoy brisk or speed walking. Always stop if you experience any discomfort or pain and remember that the more fit you are, the more comfortable you will feel when exercising.

You may find that after some time you may want to run instead of walk. Running can be loads of fun too. You could even enter short distance races and build yourself up to entering marathons.

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Remember that following a healthy lifestyle with an adequate amount of physical activity can help you to maintain your ideal weight. So don’t be a couch potato. Get on your feet and start moving!

Consult your doctor

Always remember to consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise regime or making intense changes to your current one – especially if you suffer from any medical conditions and for some reason are required not to place your body or yourself under any form of stress or strain.

While All4Women endeavours to ensure health articles are based on scientific research, health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice. Should you have concerns related to this content, it is advised that you discuss them with your personal healthcare provider.