Proper, healthy exercise is an important part of any weight loss program. Do remember to consult your physician before starting an exercise program. You don’t want to hurt yourself!
Ideally, an exercise program will not only help you lose weight but will help you build muscle and stamina. You also want to design an exercise program that is balanced and exercises each part of your body.
Of course, if you are a member of your local gym, all you have to do is go to your gym, where you can easily do a complete body workout with just a few machines.
If you don’t have access to a gym, or you’re like me and prefer to work out other ways, you’ll want other exercise options.
Biking is an excellent exercise for losing weight, especially if you are not in good shape to start with. If you choose a relatively flat route and start out with short distances, you can start out very easily and work up to more strenuous rides. Be sure, though, that you are properly outfitted with an appropriate bike and equipment — visit your local bike shop for help and advice.
Swimming is another excellent exercise for losing weight. It is not hard on the body but provides an excellent workout. Especially if you are a novice at swimming, you should swim in a pool with a lifeguard. If you don’t know how to swim, check your yellow pages or ask around — you can get swimming lessons pretty cheaply in most places.
Running is a great way to lose weight and get in shape, but it is harder on your body than swimming or biking. If you need to lose weight, you should probably start out with one of the other exercises until you get into better shape. Keep in mind that running and biking both works the legs, but they do work different primary muscles.
Don’t wait — start an exercise program today to lose weight!