There are a couple of things you should know if you are thinking about an exercise program to help you become physically active on a regular basis. But you must be careful not to overwhelm yourself. Do a simple search for anything related to physical activity online, and you are going to be blasted with information and varied opinions. Much of what you will find will be redundant, or even contradictory. So take everything you read with a grain of salt.
If you wish to enjoy the known benefits of physical activity, which includes better blood sugar control and weight loss, what you are looking for is a healthy level of exercise. There is not one approach to losing weight, there are several. Select an activity you can enjoy, or at least tolerate. Forcing yourself to attend a gym every day could cause mental and physical burnout. It goes without saying this is the last thing you need if you are trying to make exercise a part of your lifestyle.
You don’t need to start pumping iron or begin jogging ten miles. Think about what you enjoy and don’t enjoy doing. Then chose physical activities that appeal to you. The best way to stick to an exercise routine is to find something you enjoy. While you’re not going to particularly fancy all of those minutes you spend exerting effort and sweating, the type of exercise you choose must at least be tolerable. Which is why we would like to remind you exercise does not have to be intense for you to receive its benefits. You could exercise at a moderate intensity and still lose weight at a healthy rate – as long as your eating plan is also under control.
It is up to you to choose the type of exercise you will do. Walking, jogging, body workouts, resistance training, fitness classes – they all have their unique benefits. With that said, they all share the same characteristic, which is they are all a form of physical activity. Doing any of the above is a way to get healthy because any physical activity is better than sitting on your couch for an entire evening.
Moreover, if you are starting from scratch, we recommend walking for several reasons. Firstly, it’s the most useful activity, and you could do it anywhere. Secondly, you don’t need an intermediate level of fitness to start walking. And thirdly, you can challenge yourself appropriately by walking on an incline on a treadmill. It’s not too intense, but it is challenging enough to make sure you get a good workout.
Lastly, whether you are exercising intensely or not, the most important thing is you are exercising regularly to help reduce your blood sugar level and your weight. There is simply no excuse not to be physically active but do not set your standard so high you guarantee failure.