This is the second article in a three part series on using the DEW method of weight loss. Each article will focus on one letter in "DEW". Today we will discuss the "E" which stands for exercise.
I am going for the throat here, can you believe after the "D" word in part 1, that I am so bold as to suggest the "E" word. Again this should not be news; you need to burn more calories that you take in if you want to shed the pounds.
The trick it to find something you enjoy doing and then do not over do it. DO NOT START a new exercise program without first consulting your doctor. Simple things are the best: walking, bike riding, swimming, jogging, Jane Fonda aerobic tapes, etc.
There is an old story about a man who lived a calf each morning and then finally one day he lifted a cow (hint: the calf larger into a cow over time). Basically he did it in small increments each day until he built up the strength to lift the cow. For me it was walking, so I started just going around the block I lived on. I added an extra block every couple days or once a week. Before long I was walking a little over 3 miles around my neighborhood. So do not try to run a marathon your first time out. Start small and build, consistency is the key.
It is also a good idea to do a mixture of aerobic and strength training exercise. Wikipedia defines aerobic exercise as "any type of exercise, typically those performed at moderate levels of intensity for extended periods of time, that contains an increased heart rate." This type of exercise is good for burning fat and building stamina. Mixing some strength training into your routine will make sure that once the pounds melt away what you are left with is worth admiring. Start small with a simple weight set or even house hold items of various weights and work on the major muscle groups – legs, arms, and abs. Exercises does not have to expensive or time consuming, just be a steady plodder, small increments over time.
This three part series is an expanded version of my original article The DEW method – how I lost 13 lbs .. I hope this information has been helpful to you and check out part 3 when we discuss the "W" which stands for water. A final reminder, before starting any diet or exercise program consult with your physicist to determine what is right for you. Good luck and good health.