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Published on: 15 Jun 2011 by leily
I know was supposed to post this on like last Saturday but hey, its exam time and to say I've been caught up would be a legitimate understatement, anyways, I think for my first article, I'll answer the question anyone who is trying to attempt a weight loss regime asks; "where do I begin?" Well, there is a lot that plays into the response to that question, what is your personality? What motivates you? Why are you trying now? What is your weightloss or fitness goal? So I say that understanding and being honest with your personality is vital to your answer to that question because, if you're like me and you really hate the way your body is, you're fed up (and I mean seriously fed up), with how you look when you go out or how limited you feel shopping, then you will probably find the fire within to constantly exert energy (despite the fact that your legs fell off and you vomitted your lungs, or so it feels). What I'd recommend for any girl like that is to start off her regime with a minimum 20 minute (slow pace) jog, everyday. The benefits of a cardio workout are that you get some sexy legs, you melt fat right off of you, and your abs get much more defined (given that you increase your jogging time every now and then). The key to a quality beginners cardio workout is a slow pace for a prolonged period of time. Now, to address the other girls that are a tad lazy (you guys know who you are :p), I recommend that you start off the same way, with cardio, however, I'd say its best for you to start out at 12 minute jogs. I am only saying this from my personal experiences with some of my friends who want to lose weight, if I'd say "start off jogging for 20 minutes slowly" they'd be like "okay! yeah I'll do that!" and its really convincing cause they're so enthusiastic, but if you ask them how it went they'll admit to just not even trying as weight loss is "too hard". Thus, I think its best for people as such to take baby steps and get a little comfortable each time they take a new step (just to avoid being overwhelmed).
How much weight you are trying to lose is also vital into the successful foundation for weight loss because different exercises aid with varying amounts of weight. There are two main types of workouts or exercises, anaerobic and aerobic, anaerobic exercises are ones that focus on the use of muscles and not oxygen (push ups, sit ups, weight lifting, etc). Aerobic exercises focus on the persons breathing capabillities (jogging, swimming, soccer, etc). If you are trying to lose 10 pounds, its probably because you have a problem area (your legs, butt, or stomach usually), so the best exercise would be an anaerobic exercise to isolate that issue and get rid of it, keep in mind, cardio is a must so you'd still have to do cardio a minimum of 3 times a week or else you won't see any change in your bod, but your focus is really on the muscle groups. In reverse, if you are trying to lose 20 pounds and up, you need to get a pair of running shoes and hit the track or the treadmill, cardio really aids in cutting fat because of the way our body digests fats and carbohydrates so its vital. I'm not talking about short jogs either, I mean a minimum of 20 minutes, now of course begin at your level, but you must always be trying to improve. If on day one you run for 12 minutes, then by day five you should be at or near 20 minutes. As I'd said, you also need to do anaerobic workouts but focus will be on the aerobic.
Things that will affect anyone attempting to lose weight:
*Water is a must, if you can put a slice of lemon in it, but you must drink 8 glasses a day (2 litres or four 500 mL water bottles a day)
*Weigh yourself in the moring daily to keep track of progress (or lack of) and keep yourself motivated
*Use whatever YOU need as motivation because its your body, don't let people tell you otherwise because at the end of the day if you fail at losing weight, you're the one who will feel bad
*Lastly, and I think the most important is to realize that weight loss seriously not easy, nor is it quick, you don't put on 20 pounds overnight so don't expect to lose 20 overnight, and don't think that because you have a flash of inspiration one day that all your workouts are going to be a synch, they won't and they never will be. You'll get out of your regime what you put in, point, blank, period.
"In order to live the dream that everyone wants to live, you must be willing to put in the work AND effort that no one else is doing or will."-Author Unknown, live by that quote!!!
**I know I didn't address nutrition and I think i'll talk about that in the next one, tell me what you think :) also, if you'd like me to address a question of yours about exercise or nutrition hit me up! :)**