In addition to monitoring your nutrition and the all-important portion size, to really kick your weight loss efforts into overdrive, start planing out a weekly workout schedule. Exercise is the number one way to burn off excess calories from your body which in turn will help you lose weight faster especially when combined with daily healthy eating habits.
An hour-long workout can usually burn anywhere from 250-1,000 calories depending on the activity you choose and the intensity level maintained. In other words, if you walk at a slow pace (2.5mph) you will burn about 360 calories an hour. If you run at a 5mph pace, you will burn about 970 calories in one hour.
Get In The Habit Of Planning Out A Weekly Workout Schedule
With that being said, for those of you just starting out, keep in mind that consistency is the key for weight loss success. Even if you just begin with walking for an hour 4 days a week, that will still burn off over 1,200 calories from your body. That’s almost a whole days’ worth of food right there!
Remember, any exercise is better than just sitting on the couch eating potato chips and drinking soda pop, so don’t be ashamed if you start off by simply walking around your neighborhood for an hour at a time. Everyone has to start somewhere so don’t overlook the potential walking can offer you.
Therefore, take a moment on a Sunday evening before going to sleep to plan out what days/nights you will be able to workout for the upcoming week. One way to do this is to think of your typical weekly schedule taking into consideration work hours, your children’s after school needs, and any extra curricular activities you may have when planning out a weekly workout schedule.
Try to identify blocks of time 30 minutes to 1 hour in length where you may potentially fit in a workout. If your afternoon/evenings are generally jam-packed, another possibility is to wake up an hour early in order to exercise before work. This may be an excellent way to not only get an hour-long workout in for the day, but exercising before work may also inspire you to eat healthy.
One can really help inspire the other. Even though at first getting used to waking up an hour early before work may be difficult, once you develop the routine and stick with it for a few weeks, you’ll soon have no problem doing this regularly.
Best yet, if you are able to exercise 3-5 days per week, you may find yourself also eating healthy the majority of the week. True weight loss success is found on the end of your fork so to speak. Monitor your daily calorie intake along with planning out a weekly workout schedule and you will take a step closer each week towards meeting your weight loss goal.
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