So you’ve finally reached with weight loss* goal huh. I bet you are happy to finally fit into those skinny clothes you’ve been starring at all day long. You now don’t feel embarrassed when looking at the mirror, right? But does that really mean you can now throw away your jogging shoes and stop going to the gym? Well if that is what you intend to do, you need to think again.
If you really want to keep those pounds off, you can’t just relax. According to experts, exercises turn out to be even more important in maintaining weight than it is when it comes to dropping pounds. So if you don’t want to regain the fats that you worked so hard to burn down, you need to keep the ball rolling.
Maintaining your new weight would imply that you make lasting lifetime changes and that may not be that easy. In this article we propose to give you tips to help you on that journey.
Are The Exercises Still Needed?
When you were eager to burn off those stubborn fats, you were willing to do whatever the gym instructor asked you to. But now that you got the shape that you wanted you feel like a bit of indulgence every now and then wouldn’t hurt. Well here is what Richard Weil, a certified strength and conditioning specialist had to say about that: “For now there is no research providing information on how often one should exercise to keep the weight off. That said the general rule is to continue to burn 2500 to 2800 calories every week”.
According to the James Hill, PhD, this translates to about an hour of moderate to intense exercise every day. James Hill is currently working at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center as the director of the Center for Human Nutrition. He added that to keep off the lost weight, exercise becomes even more important. He explained that reducing* the amount of calorie intake by reducing* the amount of food eaten is much easier compared to having to burn that same amount of calorie through exercise.
The good news is plain old walking still works fine and many people have relied on it to successfully maintain their weight.
You May Want to Push Things Just a Little Further
Yes, walking is already good but for the sake of making sure you give no choice to your burnt fat to return, you might want to also try resistance training as well, as recommended by Weil. If you already had a gym membership, don’t cancel it. You rather let your instructor know about the fact that you’ve reached the point where you want to maintain your weight and he should be able to suggest specific exercises for that.
How to Stay Motivated
Boredom and lack of enthusiasm will eventually set in as you continue with your daily routine. To help you keep the ball rolling here are some few tips to keep the weight off.
- Track your progress. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney recommends keeping an activity log where you can put down when you worked and how long it took you. It should look more like a workout diary.
- Don’t get stuck at doing the same thing over and over again. That is what will bring boredom. You rather try different range of physical activities. Keep challenging yourself. Go to the gym and see what others are doing. Look for workout DVDs and make use of the ideas you see in the videos. Over time, as your body gets accustomed to your routines, try something completely different just for the fun of it.
- Try to get other people involved and get support from your friends and family. Working out as a group is always more fun than stretching out alone in your room. If your friends and co-workers don’t really have time to workout, just make new friends at the gym. Those probably can relate better to what you are going through.
- Identify the physical activities you really enjoy. You need to think broad this time. It is not just about gym related activities. How about going to a Yoga or a Tai Chi class. These disciplines may be ancient but they still work today. They were designed to strengthen the body through the use of very simple movements and breathing exercises that elevate the consciousness of the individual.
- One other thing you may want to consider is going for an adventure. How about organizing a bicycle ride with your friends. You can even make arranged to go a mountain climb on the week-end. Even swimming can be a nice way to shape up different parts of your body. There are so many ways to keep yourself active. Just choose what you prefer.
Remember, you have worked so hard to lose* those extra pounds. It would be a shame if you regain them. So don’t just relax. Keep going, exercising is fun if you know how to go about it. Make use of the tips provided above and you should be able to maintain a healthy weight.