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Exercising vigorously vs. physical activities throughout the day

Staying active and exercising are key components towards many things including weight loss, being physically fit, and sustaining a healthy lifestyle. To achieve your goals, you need to look at how much energy/calories you are consuming, how much energy/calories you are burning, and the amount of physical activity you are doing per day. First, how many calories you are burning each day breaks down into two parts. They are the amount of vigorous exercise that you do, and the amount of moving around that you do.

One type of exercise, is the vigorous type. This the half-hour to an hour per day, three times per week, tread mill, exercise bike, lifting weights, or swimming type. We often think these types of exercise are the only ways of burning calories. Believe it or not, that is usually the lesser way of burning calories. This is mostly because the total time spent exercising, is actually a relatively small amount of our entire week. It is also because you can only burn so many calories doing vigorous exercises for such a short period of time. Most people have a much greater chance to burn calories throughout the day.

Please don't get me wrong, you will get the best results from exercising and being physically active on a regular basis. Too often, people feel that they do not have the time, nor do they want to do vigorous exercise. If you already do, you probably are in a pretty good physical shape anyway.

It is human nature to want to take shortcuts when there is an option. One of the challenges here is to outsmart our brain and try to look for opportunities throughout the day where we can do physical activity. Moving around and staying active throughout the day may not seem like much, but you're burning a lot of calories. This especially true if you perform these physical activities keeping good posture and perform each physical movement in a structured manner.

In terms of weight management, it's the amount of calories and the types of calories (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) that you consume per meal each day that counts. It doesn't matter what type of physical activities you are doing. It only matters that you are burning calories in the process. You do not have to be training for a marathon to get the benefits of exercise. The name of the game with physical activity is any activity, is good activity.

These are many little things that you can do that will add up and help you lose those calories by the end of the day. Monitor your chores and activities, and modify them so that they require more physical action. When you get up in the morning, how many times do you go up and down the stairs? Do you take a walk, or ride your bike to school or work? When you reach your work or when you go shopping, how far away from the entrance do you park? To go up to your office, do you take the elevator or do you take the stairs? Do you take five or 10 minute walking breaks during your lunch hour? While you are watching TV, do you walk around during commercials? When you play with your children, do you sit and watch them play, or do you physically play with them?

One of good things is that if you exercise, and you eat nourishing foods, you will burn more calories. It is unwise to severely restrict your caloric intake because it is difficult to maintain a nourishing diet if you go below 1200 calories per day.

If you are going to exercise, do something that you enjoy, make it a priority in your schedule, and focus on consistency over time. If you could develop a hobby or an activity that you like, and that you are passionate about, that will help. Anything to get the body active and keep it going.

Dancing is a great activity. It will help you lose weight and it will help your mood. It will also help your muscles and bones get strong. Dancing promotes a healthy body and mind. Select music that fits your mood and you can dance to without injuring yourself. Start out slow and work your way up to a comfortable, enjoyable speed. It does not matter how fast you're dancing, but that you are having fun and staying active.

Walking is a healthy physical activity. Start by walking five to 10 minutes a day. Then gradually increase the frequency, the intensity, and the duration. Pretty soon you will start feeling better and burning a lot of calories.

The goal should be that you achieve a weight where you feel good, function well, and you feel good about yourself. It all starts with you setting a plan and setting your goals. You should also set a short-term goal and a long-term goal. The goals you set have to be achievable. They should be specific, doable, reasonable and attainable. You should be kind to yourself. Only then, can you sustain this routine over a long period of time. Most people that are overweight can lose a significant amount with self-care.


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