Physical Activity

People who are regularly active have an easier time losing weight and maintaining the weight loss than people who are inactive. Physical activity improves a person's overall health and well-being. Dieting alone will help a person lose body mass and muscle mass, while physical activity will help a person lose just body mass, while preserving and toning muscles.

It is important to consult with your physician and a trainer when you start a work-out regimen. Begin with 10-20 minutes a day and work your way upt to 30-45. Small actions count too! Walk up stairs instead of taking an elevator; walk instead of taking a bus and more.

There are two types of physical activity: aerobic and unaerobic
Aerobic activity is recommended 3-4 times a week. This type of activty includes walking, running, cycling, dancing and swimming. It is important for your heart, lungs and blood flow. It helps burn fat.

Unaerobic activity helps strengthen your muscles and tone your body. This includes weights, body sculpting and yoga.

It is recommended to eat a light meal an hour and a half before exercising:

  • low-fat yogurt and 2 tablespoons of cereal
  • 4 crackers and low-fat cheese
  • 1 slice of bread and 1 slice of low-fat pastrami

After exercising, you should eat a full meal which includes

  • 2 slices of bread, tuna, salad and olive oil
  • vegetable soup, chicken, pasta/rice

Water is very important - keep yourself hydrated!