We´ve talked a lot about exercise to help you lose weight and maintain optimal health, but do you need to do some exercise every single day? The short, yes!
If your goal is to lose weight and maintain a lean physique you can achieve that with 3 or 4 days of resistance training and no cardio if for any reason you don´t want to do cardio, but since you need to be on a calorie deficit to lose weight the days you´re not exercising you´ll need to go lower in calories and if you´re doing some physical activity every day you can keep your calories a little higher and maintain a deficit with exercise. When it comes to weight loss, cardio makes it easier to stay on a calorie deficit.
Now, we need to mention that losing weight is just the beginning, maintaining a lean physique is the ultimate goal, you don´t want to be on those crash or yo-yo dieting, you want to be able to lose weight and keep it off. A lot of people are so motivated to lose weight that they do everything they can, most of them followed the wrong programs and advice and end up causing more harm and damage to their body making it harder for them to keep losing weight and keeping it off. There are people that once they´ve lost some weight they conform with those results and slowly start getting back to their old habits which makes them gain the weight back.
One of the reasons why you need to exercise every day is to make it a habit, the only way you can lose weight and keep it off is to make sure you develop the right habits and one of those is exercise, you don´t need to do resistance training every day, you don´t need to schedule 60 minutes for cardio every day, but you need to make sure you are doing resistance training at least 3 to 4 days a week and be physically active throughout the day every day.
If you don´t develop the habit of exercising consistently then it´s easier to fall back on your old habits and you´ll start gaining weight. The best way to develop new habits is by repeating the activity you want to develop as a habit over an over this is why exercising every day is important. The first days will be hard, but with time you´ll get used to it and you´ll get to a point where it becomes part of your daily routine.
When it comes to overall health which includes physical and mental exercise plays a huge role, there are so many benefits that we get from exercising that we don´t get any other way. We´ve mentioned in other posts that physical activity improves mood, helps with depression ad anxiety and also plays an important role when treating dementia and other diseases like cancer.
Exercise is great for our heart and brain, it´s clear that the people who exercise consistently feel better, more energized and motivated, it´s easier for them to maintain a positive mood all day long and to concentrate on the task at hand, they´re also fitter and healthier.
Resistance exercise is so important to build and maintain muscle, we´ve talked about the importance of muscle mass and strength for health and longevity and we´ll continue talking about it, I consider it to be more important than cardio.
We´re supposed to be moving and physically active throughout the day and most of us spend most of out time sitting and this not only affects our posture but is one of the causes of health problems.
Exercise is not just an strategy to lose weight, it´s part of a healthy lifestyle, if you want to live your best life possible, if you want to be able to take care of your loved ones and every one around you, you need to take care of yourself first and exercise will help with that, if you feel great and look great you can help everyone around you, you can even inspire them to start making the changes needed to improve their lives.
Fitness is not only about losing weight and looking great, it´s about feeling great and being lean, fit and strong, maintaining optimal health so that we can live the life we want to live and enjoy it as much as possible.
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