Learn to Exercise for Weight Loss Success

By , Elizabeth Lowry, Staff Writer
Just the thought of losing weight can be daunting. Even though you know by now that exercise is a crucial component to your weight-loss efforts, you could find yourself stuck as to where to begin. How often do I exercise? What kind of exercise should I try? How hard should I be working out? Should I strength train?

Rest assured--you're not the only one with questions. Starting an exercise routine is something many of our readers struggle with, but sweat sessions can be fun with the right information and attitude. This easy-to-follow graphic answers all of your queries and so much more. We break it down for you with a suggested plan of action for the week, including which days to work and when to rest. The graphic also offers cardio ideas and an exertion chart, so you'll know when you're putting in enough effort. You'll learn how to balance your cardio sessions with three key strength moves, plus discover additional fitness tips to keep you motivated.

Ready to get started? Great! Try this for a week, then repeat! 

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DIVAGLOW 10/11/2019
Thank you for the great article. Report
KHALIA2 8/5/2019
Great article! Thank you Report
My goal is weight loss.
Taxing household chores leave no energy for defined exercise.
No point pushing the body way over limit and having to recover fo4 weeks Report
One of the most important habits you will form. Report
DRAGONFLY631 3/28/2019
Printing the chart. Thanks Report
SUNSET09 3/6/2019
A good practice sheet to use during my workouts at home. Thanx as always, SparkFriend. Report
97MONTY 1/1/2019
Thanks, great article Report
HOLLYM48 1/1/2019
Great article! Report
SHOAPIE 1/1/2019
I need to move it, move it, move it! Report
MBPP50 1/1/2019
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Lots of good exercise suggestions. With my knees, I have to modify whawt I do, but I DO it. Thanks for the information. Report
I love love LOVE that different areas of cardio were included in this! Report
Restarting here after too long ignoring the fact I have put on a lot of the weight I originally lost. I had to address a few other things, but now ready for the physical part. I will take these suggestions and resume. Thank you Sparkpeople! Report
great info--very useful! Report
This is good information, SparkFriend. Thanx Report
If you don't like exercise when you start, you will learn to love it very quickly. Report
If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there. - Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) ~ 1/24/18 Report
I will keep this all in mind. Thanks!
Awesome content. Report
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AVONLON3 have you tried wall sits? They helped me get strength back into my legs after an injury. The goal is a 45% angle, but you can start higher up on wall and increase time and angle as you get stronger. Report
As someone else said "I love the graphic!" Very helpful info. Report
Who else is loving the rest day pic 😂😂
Love the article. Gonna make this my weekly target. Report
Love this! Report
I can't do squats or lunges. I need to do something different. Such as seated workout. I do the 9-minute upper body but I need to build strength in my legs and midsection. Any ideas?
Since I realize I need to get back to the basics, this looks like a great place for me to start! Thanks!! Report
This a good article. Report
Love the graphic. Report
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Excellent article. I also printed it out for future reference. Report
I love this, going to print it out for reference! Report
I just tried the three strength moves. It was harder than I thought it would be, but I know if I make these a regular part of my routine, it will get easier. I just started my journey, again, after years of lackluster attempts. This time I am serious and I WILL SUCCEED! Report

Gyming is something which makes even a lazy bag very serious towards work..I feel cycling and crunches are best ... cycling is for thighs and crunches is for stomach rest can go for toning of different parts thrpugh twister and other machines... go for it ... gym always rocks...

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Simple, clear, effective! I have pinned this article, thanks a lot for sharing!! Report
Thank you very much for this article. It has really made my life simpler. I have 2 goals: weight loss and strength training. My priority at this stage of my life is weight loss so with this information I can concentrate on that while not neglecting weights and their health benefits! I hope to see results more quickly, now. Awesome! Report