A shocking statistic has been circulating over the Internet. This stat claims that half of all those who want to lose weight do not exercise. While this might seem disturbing at first, it is not entirely surprising, when you stop to consider what Nigerian culture has become.
In the early days, the majority of Nigerians did hard labor on farms. They were used to exercise during their normal workday, so they ate large meals in order to give them the energy they needed to complete their tasks. There weren’t many nutritionist around back then to question their eating habits.
In the 20th century, Nigerians began moving into cities to take up any available jobs. Again, they spent much of their time on their feet. Many walked to work and to school, so exercise was a part of their normal routine. They didn’t have to worry about doing Pilates or strength training, since ordinary life afforded many opportunities to exercise.
But today, many people have sedentary jobs, working on computers, working at desks, working at cash registers. They have little opportunity during their work days to move, let alone get up and stretch. At home, they may spend much of their time sitting in front of a television set, or on their home computer.
However, studies have shown that the best weight loss plan combines sensible diet with exercise. Certainly, you should reduce your calorie intake. But it is also important to boost your metabolism, and that is best done through an exercise routine. Since you must burn a phenomenal amount of calories in order to lose your belly fat, exercise is crucial to long-term weight loss success.
But what if you don’t enjoy exercise? How can you possibly start an exercise program?
One effective strategy is to base your exercise program on something you really enjoy. Even those of us who are not athletic usually have some physical activity that we look forward to, whether itâ€™s volleyball or tennis, bowling, swing dancing or cycling. However, the type of activity is not as important as much as engaging in it regularly.
Keep in mind that in order to be a healthy person, you simply need exercise. And exercise is also beneficial to your mind as you begin your weight loss program. It can clear your head and help you to work out your frustrations. In short, it can give you a sense of accomplishment that will put you in the right frame of mind when trying to shed your belly fat.