STEP 5: Start your exercise program
Regular exercise is important for good health, weight management and well-being. Embracing the habit early on can lead to long-term success.
At a minimum, we recommend a program that includes at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise (that which increases your heart rate, such as brisk walking or jogging) on most days of the week, strength training (to build and maintain muscle mass) at least twice a week, and regular stretching.
However, if you are new to exercise, you should avoid strenuous activity for the first month. Instead, we recommend something low impact, like walking on a flat track, dirt pathway, grass or pavement for five to 10 minutes per day – eventually working your way up to 30 minutes. Work with your Distributor to set the best plan for you.
BALANCE NUTRITION WITH EXERCISE
Sometimes, people join a gym and find that they are not losing weight. This is often because they overeat to compensate for their workouts. Their thinking seems to be, “I burned off all those calories, so I deserve a treat!” But most people overestimate the number of calories they burn when they exercise, and also underestimate the number of calories that they eat. Sticking to your meal plan combined with getting enough exercise will help improve your chances of success.
STRIVE TO BE IN BETTER SHAPE
While fat patterns are genetic to some extent, you can work to achieve your best personal shape. Many people find it helpful to take a photo at the beginning of their weight-loss journey so they can see their progress along the way.
Once you get in the habit of daily exercise, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle.
VARIETY = FUN
You can find a number of exercise videos on Fitness.Video.Herbalife.com that can be used to create personalized and varied exercise routines. Enjoy!