Weight Loss and Exercise: The Importance of Starting Small

For those considering weight loss and exercise a common problem is over enthusiasm in the initial stages of weight loss followed by either a relapse into inactivity or worse an injury preventing further exercise.

Whilst it is commendable to be enthusiastic about stating a new exercise program, it is better to start with small steps which will be sustained over the long term, rather than to start with a bang that has faded from memory a week later.

If starting a new exercise regime, consider adding small blocks of exercise to the daily routine. Just 20 minutes of exercise a day is enough to start noticing a difference, this is manageable for most people and can then be easily built upon adding 5 or 10 minute blocks at a time.

Running As a person gets used to such an exercise program built upon small steps, exercise should become routine and part of a lifestyle, as opposed to a mammoth chore to be dreaded each day.

There are also other reasons why one should build up slowly, besides the need to maintain an exercise regime over the long term. In the first instance, the amount of calories burned by partaking in any exercise is related to the weight of the person.

In short, the initial stages of an exercise program will see an increased amount of calories burned in comparison to the number of calories burned in the same routine once a few pounds have been lost.

Secondly, there is the issue of capability, if starting from a low activity base then it is important to slowly condition the body into an exercise regime. Building up slowly can help to avoid painful injuries such as sprains and strains.

So if considering weight loss and exercise, start small and build up. Such an approach will help ensure a constant approach to both exercise and weight loss over the long term giving the best weight loss results.