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Exercise Tips for Weight Loss

Bipolar Disorder Weight Loss Support

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Updated March 11, 2012

Exercise is an important element of any weight loss program, and that holds true for people with bipolar disorder who may have gained weight as a side effect of their medications or have been overweight to start with. Here is a collection of the best exercise tips we have found on About.com Health. Important: you should talk to your doctor (and chiropractor, if you have one) about starting a new exercise program in case there are any health issues to be aware of.

And if you just don't like exercising, check out our motivational tips.

Remember, exercising replaces some of the weight you have from fat with muscle. Muscle is good: it burns calories at rest faster than fat does, but it also weighs more than fat. That means you may find yourself losing inches as lean muscle replaces fat, even if the pounds aren't coming off as quickly as you would like. Anyway, it has been found that slow but steady weight loss is more likely to lead to a weight you can maintain than if you take off the pounds in a hurry.

  • How To Exercise
    Think it's obvious? Think again. You want to do it right so you don't injure yourself, waste time or choose something you won't continue for long.

  • How to Start Exercising and Increase Activity
    Weight Loss Guide Jennifer Scott on finding an exercise plan that will keep your interest and be enjoyable.

  • 12 Weeks to a New You
    Exercise Guide Paige Waehner's 12-week plan is appropriate for beginners and people who are out of the habit of exercising.

  • Swimming Starter Tip
    From our program member Tatyanazap comes this tip to help people who want to go swimming for slimming, but are out of shape and having trouble with breath and/or stamina.

  • Marcia's Exercise Tip
    This tip works for people with busy schedules or those who are in poor shape starting out. If you can't find a single block of time to exercise, or you haven't the stamina to exercise for 15 minutes at a time or more, break up your workout into bits and spread it through the day. Walk 5 minutes, 3 times a day. Walk up and down the office stairs a few times. Or just increase the amount of housework you do -- it does help. Be creative!

  • The Truth About the Fat-Burning Zone
    Important information for anyone doing aerobics, gym, stationary bike or other exercise where a target heart rate is measured.

  • Flatten Your Abs
    This is what we all want - a flat stomach! But crunches alone just won't do it. Read ALL about it here in this article by About Exercise Guide Paige Waehner.

  • Free Weights or Machines?
    Some weight training will be a big boost toward your weight loss goals, though it's essential to be careful, especially if you have fibromyalgia, bad knees or back, arthritis, etc. About's Exercise Guide discusses the first decision to make about training with weights: what kind?

  • Weight Training 101
    Strength training can be a useful part of a weight management program, too. About's Exercise Guide gives you the right information. If you have fibromyalgia, though, or any other condition that could lead to injury, start out slowly, with very low weights (3 or 4 pounds is fine) and not too many repetitions.

For those who want to exercise by walking, we have a separate page of Walking Tips.

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