Exercise Consistency: Becoming a Fat Burning Machine

February 16, 2011

It isn't rocket science - regular exercise can help you burn fat. A combination of low, medium and high intensity workouts facilitate the fat burning capacity of your body. Along with calorie burning, your body will make adaptations with regular exercise that can keep it burning fat without any effort at all.

What Happens Inside When You Exercise

Regular exercise enables your cells to become more efficient at fat burning by enhancing oxygen flow. Circulation improves, which in turn moves fatty acids through the blood and into the muscles where the fat can be burned as fuel rather than storing it in the cells and tissues. Little cellular power plants called mitochondria are increased in number and size, providing more energy to the body. Add weight management to this list and you've got a good case for regular exercise.

Dealing with the Yeah-Buts: Make Exercise Part of Your Routine

Yet, even though we know exercise is important, many of us struggle with making it a regular part of our daily lives. We have a few tips to share with you that may be useful in making exercise a priority for your health and fitness. First, you don't have to plan an hour of exercise, just schedule some time every day - even if it is as little as 15 minutes. You can get the same benefit from exercising in small segments as you do from a long stretch, so break your workouts up into shorter periods throughout the day, if that's what will work for you.

Change your daily routine to incorporate some form of exercise. Park farther away from your workplace to increase the amount of time you walk, or do an extra lap around the mall when you go shopping. Even if you don't have time for a structured workout, adding extra activity to your day will help immensely. Rather than trying to work fitness into your schedule, try scheduling your day more around fitness. If exercise isn't a priority for you, then you probably won't do it.

You Can Do This: Exercise Goals

When we were little kids we were taught that practice was important to achieving our goals. By being consistent, we were able to gain ground - whether in our studies or learning a new skill. The same principle holds true for exercise in our adult lives. Consistency pays off with huge dividends. We see muscle growth, toning of our bodies, increased strength and endurance, and a sense of well-being that makes every day a joy. It may feel tough at first, but as you stick with it you will reap the benefits.

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