Wednesday, April 27, 2011 10:54:00 AM America/Los_Angeles


Posted By Frank Plasso

How often have you heard someone – maybe even you – complain that they have gone on a diet, and even lost a bit of weight, but don’t think that they look any better and still don’t have a lot of energy? This is probably because even though they’ve stuck to their diet, they haven’t been exercising as well, which is extremely important if one really wants to lose weight.

If you’ve been on diets that didn’t work very well, maybe you weren’t getting enough exercise. So maybe you should try it just one more time? And this time, put a bit more effort into it and get some exercise. Create a special exercise routine for yourself, especially if you have particular areas of your body that you would like to work on.

Setting Up an Exercise Routine

If you aren’t used to exercising at all, you should start off with relatively simple exercises. Set aside a certain time period every day to do stationary exercises at home. And if you have an exercise bike or a treadmill, add it to your routine for a better cardiovascular workout, not to mention for strengthening and shaping up your legs and buttocks. You might even want to add in a few weight training exercises as well, to really get your muscles toned.

When creating your exercise routine, remember to include exercises that work all your muscles, and make sure that you’re able to do the movements properly. Don’t be too physically demanding at first, especially if you have physical limitations. You might want to find a trainer or other fitness professional to help you create your routine, especially if you are a beginner. This way, you’ll be certain that the exercises you are doing are going to benefit you and help tone up those problem areas on your body.

Make Your Exercise Routine a Part of Your Work Day

You may think that you don’t have enough time to exercise, but once you set up a routine that works for you, you should have no problem finding half an hour to an hour a day for exercising. And you can even create a routine that works around your schedule. If you’re a morning person, you can always get up an hour early to exercise. Or you can go to the gym on your lunch hour or even after work for an hour or two. If you work in an office building, instead of using the elevator, use the stairs for a great cardiovascular workout, especially if you have many flights to climb. Find ways to build exercise into your day.

One important part of your exercise routine should be stretching. You can even do this at your desk while you are at work. In fact, it’s often recommended that you take a few minutes every hour or so to do some stretches in order to avoid the risk of repetitive injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. You can do arm and back stretches while sitting in your chair, and if you have a little bit of space you can stand up and stretch out those legs.

If you’re a stay-at-home parent, there are plenty of ways to build an exercise routine into your daily activities. You can take your young children to the park in the morning and play tag and other games that involve running. Or, take your baby out for a stroll around the neighborhood. When your older kids get home from school, go out and play some basketball or soccer with them.

These are all great ways to get exercise, and because they are so much fun it won’t even seem like you’re exercising at all. You can even turn your housework into an exercise routine. Do deep knee bends and stretches while vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping. Reach high to clean windows and high shelves. Run up and down the stairs. Be creative and you will find all kinds of ways to exercise while doing housework, making it a lot more fun.

Make Good Nutrition a Part of Your Exercise Routine

But it’s not enough to exercise to lose weight. You need to follow a healthy diet too. You need to learn about nutrition, and why you need certain nutrients in your diet. For example, did you know that protein is necessary for the health, growth, and recovery of our muscles and other soft tissues, and that it provides a natural source of energy?

If you’re going to be dieting and exercising, you’ll need to make sure that you are getting plenty of low calorie, protein-rich foods in your diet to make sure your muscles are healthy and that you have enough energy to get through your day. You might even consider using protein supplements.