No matter where you turn to these days, there are lots of interesting ways of losing weight. Whether it’s diet, exercise, or some new age phenomenon, the market and media have no shortage of products and/or services to advertise to an audience that is desperate to shed pounds for the purposes of health, appearance, or both!
I tend to always revert back to the tried and tested ways of losing extra pounds. But let me tell you now, it doesn’t involve a simple effort on your behalf. It takes hard work and persistence. As the saying goes… “No Pain, No Gain!”
So what am I talking about here exactly? Well… in my honest opinion, getting anything you want in this world takes effort and consistency. Without these two components, you are going to struggle. Losing weight takes a big commitment and effort with regard to your diet and exercise regime.
One of the best forms of exercise you can perform if you want to lose weight is running. Running is a form of cardiovascular exercise and it has been proven time and again that doing cardiovascular exercise helps you to lose weight, feel better about yourself, and strengthen organs in the body such as your heart and lungs. You can run outside or you can use an exercise machine such as a treadmill device.
As with any sort of diet or exercise plan you pursue, it is always best to consult with your doctor before you begin your new regime. Your general practitioner understands your health history and is certainly one of the best people that can advise you. Once you get the all-clear, you need to come up with a plan for the week and schedule a run for 2-3 days in the week. You can start off by running for 15-20 minutes at a time.
I don’t mean that you have to run on a consistent basis, take a break and walk if you need to every few minutes. The main thing is to keep moving. Sweat it out and get those muscles moving.
Of course, diet is always an important factor in losing weight. I don’t want to advise you on a diet plan as each individual is different. The best person for that is a nutritionist. However, what I will say is that it’s best to avoid processed food and of course fatty food. Go for the healthier option and eat raw food such as salads, brown bread, and brown pasta/rice with low-fat dressings. There are some amazing raw food books you can purchase for under $20 that should kick you off in the right direction.
Try your best to run 2-3 times a week for 15-20 minutes at a time for two months. Incorporate the right diet and I’m pretty certain most of you will notice a difference in weight loss. If you’re not feeling the burn even after 15-20 minutes of running, then why not extend that to 30-40 minutes?
Personally, I like to run in the morning time before work. It’s a great start to the day and it prepares my mind and body for the challenges ahead that day.