picture of maintain a healthy weight

First off let’s clear up one thing. Maintaining a healthy weight has nothing to do with how you look and everything to do with quality of life. Obesity has been linked to many serious health conditions including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers. No one is expecting anyone to be a hard body all the time or starve themselves into Victoria Secret shape. We want people to live longer and enjoy life. So here are a few simple exercise strategies to help achieve and maintain weight loss.

Start With Something:
The NIH recommends 150-300min a week of moderate physical exercise this equals about 20 min a day 7 days a week. If that is not realistic then simply start with 10 minutes a day. Anyone can find 10 min a day to do something so start there. In addition many treadmill and elliptical manufactures offer special workouts that can help you get a quality workout in a small amount of time.

Try Some Weight Training:
It has been shown that weight training has a significant lasting effect on metabolism (meaning you will burn more calories longer). Here is a link to a workout that can be done with minimal equipment in your home that takes less than 15 minutes try it today.

Make It a Family Thing:
Instead of having exercise take away from family time find a way to get everyone involved. Here are some great tools from the NIH that can help you work together as a family to build a healthy lifestyle.

Next week we will talk about simple diet and lifestyle strategies you can implement for achieving and maintaining a weight.