Successful weight loss often requires major lifestyle and habit changes, but there are steps you should take to adjust your fitness routine after reaching a weight loss goal. While some basic rules such as keeping well hydrated during exertion and engaging in at least 30 minutes of sweat-inducing exercise a day will always remain a part of a healthy exercise regimen, arriving at a weight loss goal can have a strong impact on the desire to continue the healthy lifestyle.
Exercise Is for Life
Simply arriving at a weight loss goal shouldn’t mean the diet is over and you can return to unhealthy eating habits. Nor should it mean your days of exercising are complete. To preserve successful weight loss, you must maintain the healthy changes to diet and exercise that have allowed you to arrive at your goal weight.
In otherwise healthy individuals, it is often a lack of exercise that allows for weight gain. Creating an exercise routine you can stick with for the duration of a diet is important. It’s also important to realize that maintaining healthy weight loss takes a continued commitment to exercise.
Make Exercise Fun
So as not to become complacent or bored with your exercise routine, one of the best ways to maintain an active lifestyle is to try new things. If you’ve never strapped on a pair of roller blades or tried Ultimate Frisbee or gone on a bike ride, these new activities can breathe life into your exercise routine and make keeping the weight off a much more entertaining proposition. Simply alternating the type of exercise you do each day can also keep your routine fresh. Choosing a new activity each month will allow you to keep looking forward to maintaining your weight loss.
Variety Keeps You Toned
Just like you can become tired of ordering the same type of drink at your local coffee shop each day, your body can become too used to the same workout day after day. The positive physical and emotional impact of working out can decrease if your body is not challenged by the exertion.
As it is important during weight loss to continuously push your body to burn calories and create healthy lean muscle, maintaining that healthier physique also requires that you keep your workouts challenging.
Slowly Adjust Workouts to Maintain Weight Loss
As active weight loss requires burning more calories than you take in, maintaining weight loss requires a balance between calories burned versus calories consumed. These numbers are not an exact science and it may take time to determine how much exercise you require to keep the weight off.
One of the best ways to figure out the level of exercise you need is to pay attention to how your body feels after a workout. Do you feel energized each time you come in from a run or when you come back from the gym? Or are you tired and too exhausted to think?
A healthy level of exercise for maintaining weight loss should keep you feeling alert and fresh, rather than pushing you into feeling perpetually worn out.