Physical Activity for Weight Loss - Topic Overview
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activities can help you burn calories:
- Washing and waxing a car.
leaves or shoveling snow. (Don't use a blower!)
- Washing windows or
- Pushing a child in a
also "sneak" in activity throughout your day.
- Walk up the stairs instead of taking the
- If you need to run an errand within a few blocks,
- Park the car some distance from your destination so you have
to walk farther.
- If you watch television, get up and change the
channels instead of using the remote control.
When you choose an exercise program or physical activity, pick
something you like. Don't pick what looks easiest, what your friends do, or
what the fad is. If you enjoy your activity, it will be easier to do and you
will be more likely to stay with it. Also think about whether you would rather
have convenience or companionship while being physically active. Some people
want something they can do anytime with little hassle. Examples include a
treadmill in the home, going for a walk in the neighborhood, or gardening.
Others might prefer companionship, which means scheduling times with others.
Very often when you share your activity with someone, you keep each other on
Exercising when you have other health problems
People who are overweight or
obese often have other health problems and may be
afraid or find it difficult to exercise. These people can still exercise
- Talk with your doctor or a physical therapist
about how your condition limits your exercise and bothers you while you exercise.
He or she will be able to help you find other types of exercise.
coronary artery disease, you may need someone to
monitor your exercise. Many hospitals have special programs in this case. For
more information, see the topic Cardiac Rehabilitation.
- If you have
arthritis or another joint disease, exercises that are
not weight-bearing may be easier and less painful. These include swimming,
water aerobics, and cycling.
For more information on physical activity and fitness, see
the topic Fitness.