Do you need to exercise in order to lose weight?
This is like asking – Do I need regular sleep in order to lose weight?
Point is, although neither exercise nor sleep has a huge direct
effect on weight loss, they do have huge indirect effects.
So, without enough of both, weight loss becomes much less easy.
Improved Health & Disease Prevention
It does not matter what type of physical activity you perform:
sports, planned exercise, household chores, yard work, or work-related tasks.
All are beneficial.
Studies show that even the most inactive people can gain
significant health benefits if they accumulate 30 minutes or more of
physical activity per day.
How exercise helps to control weight
- It burns calories
Physical activity uses up excess calories that otherwise would be stored as fat.
- It slightly raises your metabolic rate
The higher our metabolic rate, the faster we burn calories.
In this way, exercise helps to overcome the ‘plateau’ effect of dieting.
- It gradually reduces your fat ratio and increases your muscle ratio
Muscle cells are 8 times more metabolically active than fat cells.
The more muscle you have, the less fat you have and
the easier it is to lose weight.
- It’s great for motivation
Getting active is a great way to increase your motivation to change
your weight and your life!