The BEST Exercise For Weight Loss

The BEST type of exercise to lose weight is the EXERCISE that YOU LOVE to do! No one else tells you what to do. Forget about what other people think. You decide what you like and you make it your own.
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I know you have often been told that you need to do certain types of exercise in order to lose weight. Well…it’s a LIE, and here’s why.
 
The BEST type of exercise to lose weight is the EXERCISE that YOU LOVE to do! No one else tells you what to do. Forget about what other people think. You decide what you like and you make it your own.
 
Why do I say such things? It just can’t be true.
 
YES! It is true, and it’s becoming more important than ever because sadly, people are moving less and less as years go by. The epidemic of obesity and overweight is still rising.
 
Many people are turned off from even starting by the messages being sent on social media. We hear things like you must sweat, feel the burn, push your limits, and that if it was easy everyone would be doing it. By the way, sweating has no correlation to weight loss except for when you lose water weight, which means you’re dehydrated, and so you should be replacing the fluid loss post-workout by drinking water (16-20 ounces for every pound of water weight lost) for health and workout recovery.
 
Messages sent through social media make weight loss sound extremely hard, painful, and that it requires a certain level of mental toughness to even begin. This leaves many people feeling defeated before they even get started!
 
My friends, weight loss doesn’t have to look or feel like this at all. You can absolutely lose weight and create a healthy lifestyle by doing exercise that feels good, is pain-free, and moving at whatever intensity level suits you best.
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MY EXPERIENCE

By choosing to do exercises that make you happy, you are more likely to be consistent with it, turn it into a habit, and make it part of your lifestyle. When this happens, you are burning more calories than before and this contributes to weight loss. When I survey my clients and ask what helped them stick with my programs, fun is always among the top three reasons. The two other big reasons are that I keep them motivated with my positive and high energy personality and they are building confidence through fitness gains and progression towards personal goals.
 
I teach through my own experiences. I’m a cyclist and riding my bike is my favourite exercise. It’s fun, it’s my lifestyle, and it’s packed with health benefits that I value. I build confidence as I progress in the sport. I’m motivated to do it on my own. I want to do it daily. I can’t imagine my life without it. I feel fantastic. I am maintaining my ideal weight because I do it consistently year-round. WINNING!
 
“Oh, but you’re different from the rest of us. You’re a fitness coach. It’s what you do for a living.”
 
Whatever!
 
First of all, I instruct and coach but that doesn’t mean I do all the exercises I teach all the time. If you’ve ever worked with me, you will see I manage my energies. If I didn’t, I would burn out.
 
Secondly, being a fitness coach doesn’t automatically make me immune to weight gain. I had my own struggles with body image and maintaining a consistent weight most of my life. I used to be a yo-yo dieting binge eating machine. 
 
I had many issues but I found solutions and they certainly weren’t in what the weight loss industry was preaching to me. Nope! I had to start thinking outside the box, use my brain, and challenge the fads and trends. I made it my own.
 
I took a greater interest in self-study, especially in university, and searched out the real experts for answers I could trust. Bye-bye celebratory fitness trainers with their weight loss scams and misinformation, hello scientists and researchers with Ph. Ds. Now I follow them instead. Dr. Stuart McGill and Dr. Stuart Philips are two experts that I rely on for credible information. (If you want my complete list of experts to follow, send me an email.)
 
In doing this, my attitude towards exercise, weight loss, and living an active lifestyle evolved. It became more about finding my very own thing, developing my unique system (that I can’t sell to anyone as it only works for me but I can help you build your own) and doing what I love. I also had to let go of performance expectations placed on me by peer pressure and social media. My performance goals are now set by me and only me.
 

WHEN YOU HATE EXERCISE

I know many people who feel they have to force themselves to do exercise. They hate it but do it because they think it’s going to make them lose weight better, and you know what I see in them?
 
This “no-fun” stuff:
 
  • negative attitude towards exercise
  • falling off the wagon repeatedly
  • pressured to perform at a certain level
  • fear of  judgement
  • fear of failure
  • when they fail, they sabotage their other healthy habits
  • often skip their workouts
  • running circles, never progressing
  • confused, lost, frustrated
  • UNHAPPY!

People seem to think that this is the way it needs to be to make a difference. No wonder they think weight loss is hard and feel overwhelmed just thinking about it.

I’m telling you though, this is not necessary. In fact, losing weight can be super fun. This is a mindset. You have to first change your language and ideas towards weight loss and get in a positive headspace, then it will become fun. One of the most enjoyable ways to start the journey is to first find exercises that YOU love to do. Anything goes.

HOW TO FIND EXERCISE YOU ENJOY

Allow yourself the time to explore movement with no pressure to find something right away. Give it some time. Drop into a fitness class. Explore fitness channels on YouTube, like my channel – Tammy Lee TV. Ask your friends questions about what they love and get them to show you what it’s about. Join a community club or hire a coach to help you out. The ideas are endless.
 
Whatever happened to walking as a way to lose weight? This highly underestimated exercise is what our bodies are designed to do. It’s packed with benefits. Download this FREE pdf by EverybodyWalk.org and read up on how it can help you. Start your own walking group with some of your friends. People would definitely join you and be so grateful for your leadership. Maybe this is your jam right here?
 
You know the saying, “You will find what you seek.” If you want to find the fun in fitness, you WILL. Just like you find the car you want to buy, the clothes you want to wear, the place you want to travel to, and so on. Right?
 
So many people with no previous experience whatsoever have come to me to learn how to run, ride a bike, do a triathlon, and lift weights. For most of them, reaching out and trying something new has changed their life, forever! They found their “happy thing”, and the best part is most of them are STILL at it. It’s wonderful! This is what it’s all about.
 

YOUR FAVOURITE EXERCISE HAS BENEFITS

You’re still asking how can exercise that you love to do help you lose weight?
 
As I said, when you love something, you are more likely to keep doing it. Your favourite way to exercise becomes part of your lifestyle and because the exercise remains consistent, you gain the following benefits:
 
  • increase your basal metabolic rate
  • increase cardio and muscular endurance
  • increase cardio and muscular strength
  • build muscle and bone
  • slow the ageing process
  • increase mobility, balance, and agility
  • metabolize food more efficiently
  • increase the quality of sleep
  • reduce stress
  • increase self-esteem
  • build confidence
  • adopt a positive attitude
  • feel more happy and satisfied
  • the list goes on, and on…
…AND burn more calories overall, not just from your exercise session, but even when not exercising due to the additional benefits listed above.
 
You can’t truly gain these benefits from exercise that you hate and do sporadically. In order to reap these benefits, exercise has to be a regular thing. Otherwise, you will have to deal with the Principle of Reversibility. In a nutshell, this means that when you stop exercising, you begin to lose the benefits you accumulated from regular exercise. “Yo-yo exercising” produces very little benefits, if any. A base level of fitness is never established to cause any substaintial changes in the body. 
 
Many people don’t even make it that far because they hate the exercises that they are doing and are not committed to doing it often enough to actually build up a base level of fitness.
 
See what I’m saying?
 

CONSISTENCY OVER INTENSITY

Also, there’s the misconception that if an exercise isn’t done at a certain intensity level that it will not give you weight loss benefits. This is NOT entirely true. 
 
1. If you are living a sedentary lifestyle then ANY exercise, even at low intensity, can contribute to weight loss IF you remain consistent. This will obviously increase your weekly calorie expenditure.
 
2. If you already exercising but still do it sporadically, then simply making it more of a habit will contribute to weight loss because you increase weekly caloric expenditure through increased exercise frequency, even at the same intensity.
 
3. You exercise consistently and established it as a habit but sill not losing weight? Now might be time to increase your duration, add some variety, or explore higher intensities. Or maybe you need to take another look at your eating habits.

 

TAKEAWAY

I won’t lie, I used to tell my clients that if you want to change the number on the scales that you have to work hard, feel the burn, push your limits. But I got smarter and stopped automatically repeating what I was hearing in the mainstream media. With over 20 years of experience working in this industry, I clearly see that those who succeed are the ones who fall in love with fitness and make it a part of their life on a consistent basis. Not once a week, not even twice…but daily (with the odd day off, it’s okay to take a rest day).

 

The takeaway message here is this – you are more likely to sustain any healthy habit and reap its benefits if you enjoy doing it and it makes you feel HAPPY!
 
Do you agree? Or no? Feel free to post your comments below. If you have a story of your own, share it. I can’t wait to read it.
The BEST Exercise For Weight Loss

6 thoughts on “The BEST Exercise For Weight Loss”

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    This is a great article. I think everyone should read this, especially right now. Unfortunately, people want the quick fix but as we all know it never works. I love the idea, “do what you love” so simple. Do it everyday and now you are creating good habits that will contribute to weight loss.

    1. Tammy Slauenwhite
      Tammy Slauenwhite

      Oh Paula, this is wonderful. I’m so glad you enjoyed this. You are right, most people do want that quick fix and they waste so much time trying to find it when the simple fix is right in front of them. When you finally realize this, you set yourself free. You got the right attitude, girl. Miss your face.

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    Nailed it! Thank you SO much for this article, it resonates with me 100%!

    Walking is my go-to! Something I can do by myself – which I prefer. I love it because I go when the mood strikes – no regime, no schedule – I go when it feels right for me, sometimes twice a day.

    My health and my journey are very personal. I need to go at my own pace, and I’m learning that I’ll “stick to” lifestyle changes with better success if I enjoy and look forward to them.

    1. Tammy Slauenwhite

      This makes me so HAPPY to read. What a great response. Honest and real, which we have to be with ourselves, don’t we? Once we come to the realization that we don’t have to grind out exercises we hate in order to make a lifestyle change, that’s when we find ourselves succeeding and smiling, loving every step of the journey. Thank you for sharing, Nancy. 🙏 PS: I LOVE walking too. It’s so good for the soul. When I come home next, let’s go for a walk? 🥰

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    Stephanie Van de Reep

    Great read. As you get older, you realized you don’t want to spend time doin something if you don’t enjoy it. Your time is more precious. Bike riding in the trails trumps treadmill any day!

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