Although exercise alone won’t lead to weight loss if you don’t
change your eating habits, it can be an effective part of a
medical weight loss plan. How do you know if you are getting enough exercise to support your weight
loss efforts and overall health? Here is what you need to know.
Understanding Activity Guidelines
To see significant benefits for weight loss and health, try to get at least
150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week. That translates
to two-and-a-half hours of physical activity that can be split up in any
way you see fit. Even 10-minute increments of aerobic activity will provide
health benefits. Try to spread your activity out over the course of the
week, and consider adding strengthening exercises that work all of your
muscle groups at least two times per week. If you do vigorous aerobic
activity, you may only need 75 minutes of activity per week. Generally
speaking, fast-paced walking is an example of a moderate-intensity activity,
while running is an example of a vigorous intensity activity.
If you are not accustomed to being active, then the activity guidelines
may seem out of reach to you. Keep in mind that every little bit of activity
helps. According to the
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, even 60 minutes of activity per week can lead to health benefits. Start
slow and build up your exercise tolerance until you achieve the recommended
amount of activity.
Getting Medical Advice
One of the benefits of going to a medical weight loss center is that the
doctor can evaluate your health and determine if it is safe for you to
start an exercise program. Be sure to stick to the doctor’s recommendations
for the amount of exercise you get and the types of activities that are
safe for you.
Texas Medical Weight Loss Clinic is dedicated to helping you reach your
weight loss goals and achieve a healthier lifestyle. Contact our weight
loss clinic in Frisco today to make an appointment by calling (972) 762-3403.