Working into a Workout Program
Sometimes, getting started is the hardest part. Obstacles are a known-unknown in any medical weight loss program. You can sit there and know that you are going to hit them, but you won’t know what they are going to be until they find you. To be prepared for an obstacle you have to be ready to take on whatever challenge is thrown your way. Curve balls are natural and resilience means being able to roll with whatever punches are thrown your way.
The motivation and drive to handle obstacles gets stronger as time goes on. The harder you work, the easier it is to look at a temptation and realize that it isn’t worth your time. When you know the hard work that goes into an hour at the gym, it becomes a lot easier to drive past that bakery.
This could help explain why it is often the earliest obstacles that hit us the hardest. Before you even get going in your weight loss program you are going to have to face down demons that might be preventing you from getting healthy. During those early days and weeks of your weight loss plan, the best thing you can do is be true to yourself. Staying realistic and finding ways to incorporate activities you like into your weight loss plan will make pushing through those early obstacles a lot simpler.
Finding Fitness that is Right for You
One of the biggest benefits of getting involved in a medical weight loss program is that the dietary changes are controlled. Rather than be confronted by endless food choices, you can follow the diet that your weight loss doctor has outlined for you. But when it comes to getting more active, the right path isn’t always as evident. Getting a strong workout plan is as much about your own personal interests as it is about what your body needs.
Over the past several years many studies have come out boasting the benefits of one form of exercise over another. One study claims that working out first thing in the morning is the best way to boost your medical weight loss goals, while another claims that evening workouts will boost your sleep and give your workout the biggest bang.
When you take a look at the countless studies to receive attention over the past several years, there is one overarching theme that outweighs all the others: Exercise is personal.
The best type of workout you can do is one that you are going to do. If you hate to run, then trying to run a mile every night isn’t going to help you lose weight. It is more likely to discourage you from your medical weight loss plans and lead you down a road of disappointment. On the other hand, a lower impact activity like yoga isn’t going to supply you with the quick results a brisk run might, but it will be a better mode of exercise for you if it is something you are going to do every day.
Likewise, the best time to work out is the time that you’ll do it regularly. A morning workout is great if you are actually able to wake up and get it done. If not, you are better off accepting that fact and scheduling an evening workout instead of starting your day of with a few disappointing clicks of the snooze button.
Basically, the best way to minimize obstacles as you are getting started with your weight loss program is to know what you like and what you don’t like, and to work within those boundaries to get your workout program off the ground.