On the internet, absolutely no one can agree on the best exercise plans and methods for weight loss. There’s a reason for that, of course… there isn’t one answer. Every person’s body and weight loss journey is different, and you have to find the path that works best for you. However, there are a few bits of advice floating around out there that are definitely worth avoiding, such as the recommendation to “push through the pain” or any miracle exercise plan that claims to help you train to run a marathon in “only six weeks.”
Your Body Knows What You Need
If it’s causing you pain, there’s a reason, and there’s a distinct difference between slight soreness after a good workout and a sharp muscle pain during one. Your energy levels, metabolism, and personal needs will dictate the type of exercise plan that will work best for you. It’s important not to start out aiming too high so that you don’t get discouraged and quit. Always start slow — 30 minutes of exercise three days a week is an excellent place to begin. Avoid jumping directly into hardcore cardio or weight training. Pay attention to your current fitness level and ability and choose an appropriate exercise regimen. Visiting a trainer at a gym can help you create a good plan if you don’t know where to start, and even if you’re just lifting small weights for 30 minutes a few days a week, that’s perfect. We all have to start somewhere!
The most important thing is sticking to a continued plan. No matter what you choose, you should be able to do it for half an hour without stopping or resting. Don’t ignore your body’s signals — if it’s telling you to slow down or stop, listen. If you ever have chest pain, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, or any other concerning issues, stop immediately and consult a medical professional. Pushing through could cause you serious injury or health problems.
The last piece of the puzzle is choosing to do something you really enjoy. Exercise shouldn’t be stressful and something you hate doing. Do you love to stretch and dance? Try Zumba! Prefer to be outside? Consider power walking or jogging. If you have trouble with your joints, swimming is excellent cardio exercise that doesn’t stress them. Pilates, yoga, strength training, cycling, jump rope, even pole dancing… do something that makes you feel good when you’re done!
Dedicated weight loss takes time and persistence. Don’t give up! It’s also important to take a good look at your diet — all the exercise in the world can’t make up for a poor diet. If you look closely at what you’re putting in your body and what you’re putting your body through, you’ll see results! For counseling or coaching, contact us here at St. Joseph Health Medical Group.