Food is one side of the energy equation Now to have fun with the other side: physical activity.
We all know that exercise is good for us, infact, being more active is proven to be one of the most effective ways to control the weight for good. It is important to appreciate the extent to which being active helps both our physical and our mental health. Try seeing every opportunity to move as being a positive way to help you be fitter and slimmer.
- Prevent and treat overweight and obesity
- Preserves muscle strength (and metabolism) when weight is lost
- Regulate appetite
- Maintain a healthy weight after weight loss
- Reduce high blood pressure
- Lower risk of heart disease and stroke
- Lower triglycerides and raise ’good’ HDL cholesterol
- Reduce the risk of colon cancer , and possibly breast cancer
- Reduce the risk of osteoporosis (brittle bones)
- Reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes
- Treat diabetes
- Raise self esteem and self-efficacy (belief in your abilities)
- Improve mood and prevent depression
- Allow better sleep
- Manage stress and anxiety
- Increase stamina and flexibility
- Prevent low back pain
- Our metabolic rate is increased by activity and encourages the body to burn fat.
- Regular physical activity helps to build muscle and counteract muscle loss that normally comes with weight loss, so off-setting falls in your metabolic rate.
- In 24 hours 0.45kg (1 lb) of body fat burns around two calories while 0.45kg (1 lb) of muscle burns around 35 calories, so you want to hang on to what muscle you can.
- It helps us to feel more confident and in control of our weight, which makes it easier to achieve realistic and sustainable goals.
- Get into a regular routine by being active at a similar time of the day
- Plan ahead, especially if your usual routine is about to change
- Choose an activity you enjoy
- Pay up front for a course, membership, you will be more motivated
- Make an activity date with a friend, or take up an activity that involves other people – this will help your commitment.