The Myth of Exercise and Weight Loss

The Myth of Exercise and Weight Loss: Why You Shouldn’t Exercise to Lose Weight

It is always good to keep your body fit. If you are not physically active, then it will be difficult for you to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, if you want to lose weight or even just maintain your current size, then there are some things that you need to consider before making any drastic changes in your life.

There are many factors that go into determining how much exercise you need to perform in order to lose weight. There are other factors such as your age, gender, activity level, genetics and so forth. The following reasons show why you should avoid exercising excessively in order to lose weight.

1) Your Body Type Is Not Ideal For Exercising Too Much

Your body type is not ideal for exercising too much because it requires a certain amount of energy and time from your day. When you exercise, you burn calories which are used up in the form of fat. Fat is stored in your body primarily around your waist and hips.

These areas contain large amounts of muscle tissue. So, while working out, it would be best if you were able to focus on these two areas rather than trying to work out all over your body.

There are many different types of activities that you can do in order to help your body to get back in shape and maintain itself. The first thing that you should do is to take a long walk every day for about an hour or so. This will not only help you to lose weight, but it will also help you to strengthen your heart and lungs as well as improve your endurance.

In addition to this, you should also try to run up and down the stairs in your home as often as possible. This will help to improve your leg strength and endurance and will give you some of the best cardio vascular exercise that you could possibly get. Running up and down the stairs is also convenient since it doesn’t require any special equipment at all and can be done without any preparation time.

Last but not least, you can try doing some sit-ups and push-ups in your home as well. These routines can be done without any special equipment or costumes and all that is required of you is a little bit of space around you in order to do them properly. Since these exercises primarily focus on specific parts of the body such as the abdomen and the arms, it is important that you don’t over exert yourself.

Keep in mind that the point of these exercises is not to cause you pain, but instead to help you to tone your muscles in a way that will create a more aesthetically pleasing look to your body.

2) Exercising Too Much Burns Muscle, Which Makes It Harder To Get The Results You Want

Exercising too much can sometimes end up having the opposite effect on your body, especially if you are already experiencing some weight issues. While you certainly will lose weight by burning too many calories, part of that weight loss will come in the form of muscle mass. If too much muscle mass is lost, your body will no longer be as toned and shapely as you would like it to be.

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In addition to losing muscle mass, your body will also burn precious energy that it needs in order to keep up basic bodily functions. This means that you will ultimately feel weaker and more tired most of the time. Sometimes you can become so tired that you aren’t able to exercise at all.

You will then feel as if you’ve hit a plateau that you can’t get over, but the reality is that your body is just too weak and tired to be active in the first place.

The next step is to make sure that what exercise you do get is done in moderation. There’s no point in burning yourself out before you even get started. This is why walking for an hour a day is recommended.

This gives your body some exercise, but not so much that it starts to burn muscle mass in order to provide it with the energy that it needs.

As for the push-ups and sit-ups, these won’t over exert your body too much as long as you don’t do too many of them. Start out with a low number and increase it slowly as your body gets used to the exercise. Most people should be fine doing one set of twenty sit-ups and push-ups each day.

This might not seem like much, but it will still make a difference provided that you do them on a daily basis.

You can also try to get a friend to exercise with you. People are more likely to stick with their exercise routines if they have someone else that is doing it with them. When trying to find a partner, make sure that they have goals that are similar to yours.

This means that they should have the same ideals when it comes to body image. You wouldn’t want to end up paired up with some meat head that is going to try to convince you that “weight lifting is the only way to go!”

3) When You’re Alone, Record Yourself Doing The Exercises So You Can Keep Track Of Your Progress

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When you are by yourself and exercising, it can be very easy to fool yourself into believing that you’re exercising a lot more than you actually are. Most people are prone to over estimating the amount of time that they spent exercising as well as how many calories they’ve burned. This can lead you to think that you’re doing a lot more than you actually are, which can keep you from exercising as much as you should.

To prevent this from happening, you should always record yourself when you are exercising. This way you can keep track of what you’re doing on your own and see if you’re really pushing yourself to the limit. It will also keep you from over exerting yourself as you’ll be able to tell whether or not you’re really capable of doing what you thought you were.

4) The Importance Of A Good Night’s Sleep

Most people never give their sleep the attention that it needs. While it may seem like a waste of time, sleep is an essential part of any fitness routine as it is during sleep that your body recovers from the stress that you put it through during the day.

Getting at least eight hours of sleep every night is essential if you want to improve and maintain your body. Most people don’t get anywhere near that amount of sleep on a nightly basis though as they’ll watch TV or browse the internet before going to bed, thus cutting into the amount of sleep that their body actually needs.

You should also make sure that your sleep area is perfect for sleeping in order to allow yourself to sleep as deeply as possible. This doesn’t mean that you have to buy an expensive mattress or anything like that. It just means that you should remove as many distractions from your sleeping area as possible such as keeping your phone elsewhere while you sleep.

The Importance Of Water While Working Out

Water is essential for your body at all times, but it’s even more important when you’re working out. When you workout, your body tends to lose more water through perspiration. It’s always a good idea to carry a water bottle with you while you work out so that you can continually re-hydrate yourself while you work out.

This isn’t just for when you’re actually working out either. You should try to drink water all through the day as well. Most experts recommend drinking eight 8oz glasses of water per day in addition to the water that you get from the food that you eat.

The Importance Of Sleep For A Successful Workout Routine

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As mentioned earlier, most people don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis. If you’re going to be adding a workout routine into your daily life, then it’s even more important that you get a full night’s sleep on a regular basis. Most people don’t do this as they tend to stay up late and sleep in later than they normally would.

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