The world of weight loss can be a confusing place for those who are actively seeking to shed some extra pounds. Not only are there hundreds of different diets out there that you can follow, but weight loss industry is also full of gadgets and tools that may or may not help you achieve your goals.
Amidst this sea of uncertainty and confusion, however, there are still two tried and true techniques that can help you lose those extra pounds. Most of you have probably guessed it already but those two things are a healthy diet and exercise. In fact, these are two of the very few ways that are proven to help you lose weight and keep it off.
Today, we are going to go over half of this proven equation–exercise. We hear all the time from those around us that exercise is important and that we should be sure to get enough exercise into our lives but why is exercise important for weight loss and helping us achieve our goals?
There are many reasons why exercise can be so crucial in promoting weight loss. For starters, we are going to go over three of the main reasons.
Burn Extra Calories
A simple way of looking at weight loss is calories in versus calories out. Granted we should be putting healthy foods into our bodies and not just empty calories but that is a story for another day. To keep it simple, expending more calories during the day than you consume will result in weight loss. On the flip side, weight gain occurs when you consume more calories than you use during the day.
One way exercise ties into this is that exercise can help you burn some of those excess calories.
For example, let’s say you eat 1800 calories in a day and during your normal daily activities you use up exactly 1800 calories. Under these circumstances you would maintain your current body weight. Now, let’s introduce exercise into your day and say you burned around 250 calories during your workout. This would result in you burning more calories during the day than you consume and will result in weight loss.
There are other factors that may come into play but this gives you a basic idea of what it takes to lose weight and how exercise can be very beneficial. Just remember calories in versus calories out.
Raise Your Metabolism
Exercise causes you to place excess amounts of stress on your body and doing so can increase your metabolic rate. As we discussed above, exercise can help you burn extra calories and this extra calorie usage may continue several hours after your workout. In addition, exercise promotes lean muscle mass which will also involve more calories being burned during the day. HIIT training in particular has been shown increase the metabolism in individuals for up to 24 hours.
Promote Efficient Body Systems
One of the most important benefits of using exercise to promote weight loss is the myriad of other benefits that come along with exercising. Among these include an overall healthy body and healthier body systems.
The body systems that are benefited during exercise are many and include your cardiovascular, respiratory, and skeletal muscle systems. As we mentioned above, exercise will promote lean muscle mass. In addition to this, your lungs and heart will become more efficient, therefore making it easier for oxygen and essential nutrients to be delivered throughout your body.
Basically, exercise will make it easier for you to perform daily activities that you may currently find burdensome. This alone is why exercise should be an important part of your weight loss plan.
Now the next time you ask “Why is exercise important for weight loss?”, you will know the answer. Exercise should be an important part of all of our lives and provides benefits beyond just losing weight. It should be a part of your weight loss plan and it can help you tremendously on your way toward a leaner and healthier you.
If you haven’t incorporated exercise into your daily routine already we would love to invite you to join our Shape Up Challenge workout program. It is completely free and has already helped hundreds of people lose weight and develop healthy exercise habits.
By Wes Young