Designing an Exercise Schedule for Weight Loss
Many factors play into effective, long-term weight loss. Developing a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet, regular exercise, plenty of sleep and support from family and friends will naturally encourage wellness. Having time to enjoy yourself and managing stress effectively will also contribute to a healthier life that supports weight loss.
Getting regular exercise has many health benefits that will positively impact several areas of your life. In particular, exercise provides:
- Reduced stress
- Improved mood
- Lower risk of some cancers
- Improved balance
- Stronger bones
- Increased cardiovascular health
- Reduced risk of developing type-2 diabetes
- Better sleep
- Easier weight management
With so many benefits, designing an exercise schedule is one of the best ways to support your weight loss goals.
To design a schedule that will really work for you, it’s important to evaluate your current schedule. Where do you have gaps? What are you willing to move around to make some room? Most of us have several demands between work, family and friends. However, carving out time for exercise, even in 10-minute increments, can make a lasting impact on your health and long-term weight loss.
Remember that little changes, like waking up a little earlier or taking a walking lunch, can also impact the total amount of time you spend being active.
Once you know when you’ll be exercising, choose a variety of activities and include some that you really enjoy. Get the equipment you need and tell your family and friends about your exercise plan so they can support you in your efforts. You may find a willing exercise partner in the process.
Be diligent in keeping exercise appointments. If you run late or have to leave a class early, it’s okay. Showing up for even part of a class is better than not going at all. Since you’ve made the time for exercise, honor yourself and your commitment to your weight loss goals by doing your best to go, even if you don’t feel quite up to it. By keeping your exercise commitments, you’ll feel better about yourself and support your weight loss efforts.