A weight loss fitness program that matches your current age, health and fitness level is one of the lifestyle changes needed to get the full benefits of a weight loss program. It is a missing ingredient in the yo-yo dieting mentioned on the Home page.
However, before we get started; if you have not had any degree of exercise in six months or more please, please, please see your doctor. I want to make sure you know his/her opinion of how intense an exercise program your body is capable of without endangering your health. Nobody wants to see the cure to be worse than the current ailment. With that in mind, let's get started.
As I mentioned on the Home page, it is important to set a goal for your fitness program. Another way of putting it is, "why are you wanting to get fit?" There are lots of reasons: you want to run a marathon, you are joining a basketball league, or you need more flexibility. Each of these needs calls for a different fitness program. Since this is site about weight loss, then you need a fitness program for weight loss. Sounds logical, huh?
If you scour the internet, you will find any number of sites advocating fitness programs that will help you lose weight. A lot of them will work. However, my goal is to help you find the weight loss fitness program that will not only help you lose weight, but to lose weight in a healthy way consistent with your fitness level and age. I also want you to be able to keep it off for the rest of your life. If you are looking for a quick fix and then go back to the "old you", you've come to the wrong place.
Being over weight isn't healthy. The more overweight we are, the higher our risks of us being impacted by ailments to our heart, joints and other body parts. In addition, studies have shown that being heavy increases our risk of cancer.
Let's be clear about weight, however. Watch any college or professional football game. There are 240 pound men running around out there at crazy speeds and having collisions with other, similarly-sized men. Now 240 pounds is a lot of weight, but their 240 pounds is a much healthier 240 than most of us mere mortals. You see, muscle is more dense than fat and muscle helps burn fat even when you are not working out at the moment. Keep that in the back of your mind as you go through this site.
What we want to focus on together is losing the unhealthy weight that you are carrying and doing so in a systematic way through an effective weight loss fitness program coupled with healthy nutrition. You may, at some point, gain some weight back as you replace fat with muscle. That's ok! It doesn't mean you are done, but it does mean you are going the right way. More on that later.
You may have surmised by now that the target of your weight loss fitness program will be fat. What I want to help you do is to burn off your excess fat. Now, we all need some fat to be healthy. Body builders in competition mode get down to single-digit body fat. They will tell you, however, that this is not sustainable. While a physique competition may not be your goal, getting rid of the excess fat must be a big part of what you do from here on out.
Cardio for fat loss does play an important role. How we get that cardio is the key. Running for hours on end tends to burn off more water weight than fat initially. It does burn fat...how many fat marathoners do you see? Still, your knees won't be happy with you long-term if that is your only cardio source. We will cover that, too.
For anyone that continues through this site, you will find that I am a big advocate of strength training as part of a weight loss fitness program (it has worked for me for decades, so why wouldn't I?). Depending on your age, this will include some weight lifting. Ladies, don't panic. You will not look like a body builder....unless you set that as a goal (in which case, I recommend a personal trainer as that is out of my realm of expertise). It will get you trimmed down, however. Guys, you may get muscular/more muscular. Your genetics will have a lot to do with that. I don't see that as a bad thing for any man.
As we age, the joint strains of lifting heavy weights can take a toll. There are strength training options that will give you the needed results without the joint pain. I have reached that point in my life and you will find more information on that here. There are also a number of alternative training techniques that don't use traditional weight lifting. They are worth having as part of your program.
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