Regular exercise will be a part of any weight loss plan. But once the weight is gone, that doesn’t mean you should quit working out! In fact, the opposite is true. If you want to maintain your new, healthier weight, you will need to continue exercising. Staying on your workout routine will keep your metabolism burning faster, and help prevent regain of the lost weight.
But what types of exercise are best for increasing your metabolism? There are two schools of thought in this area, and in our opinion you should engage in both types of exercise.
Aerobic exercise, like hiking, jogging, biking, swimming, or an aerobics class, gets your heart pumping and burns through calories. Because this type of exercise is linked to lower risk of heart disease and other chronic health issues, we recommend that you engage in some form of aerobic exercise for at least thirty minutes, three to five times per week.
Anaerobic exercise builds your muscle tissue. Yes, you will burn some calories during a strength training workout, but the real benefit is the long-term boost to your metabolism. Because muscle burns more calories than fat tissue, your metabolism will run at a higher rate around the clock. Engage in strength training two to three times per week, or more if you want to add more serious muscle to your frame.
Any exercise is always better than none at all, so we don’t want you to feel bogged down in a super strict routine. But do keep these two forms of exercise in mind, and try to incorporate both of them into your weekly schedule. And, as always, engage in activities that you actually enjoy! Preventing burnout is still the best way to consistent results from your weight loss plan.
Come see us, and we’ll help you decide which types of exercise (and how much) will help you maintain your new weight. And, if you need help formulating a weight loss plan, we can help with that too.