Lack of physical activity is one of the most common risk factors for obesity. According to statistical data, about 60% of people in the world lead a sedentary lifestyle.
Increase of daily physical activity is one of the compulsory methods of treating obesity. Moderate exercises are prescribed in conjunction with psychological consultations, pharmacotherapy and diets.
The goal of increased physical activity is weight loss by accelerating metabolism, increasing thermogenesis and restoring a balance of calories.
There are two types of physical activity that contribute to weight loss:
Spontaneous physical activity helps to burn up to about 1500-2400 extra calories per day. Even such minor daily movements as laugh, washing dishes or walking affect metabolic rate.
There are many recommendations how to increase daily energy expenditures. You can use stairs instead of elevator, or park the car away from the office or home to increase the number of steps.
Induced physical activity contributes to more substantial weight loss than spontaneous. Moderate physical exercises help greatly accelerate burning of excess calories.
For effective weight loss, it is recommended to do moderate exercises at least 30 minutes per day:
- attend a gym or swimming pool
- walk in the fresh air
- ride a bicycle or roller-skate
- do exercises or do yoga.
Moderate physical activity helps faster to burn excess fat and increase weight loss by about 5 kg comparing to other obesity treatment methods used alone.