Does exercise help you lose weight?
To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume. Exercise can help you do that by burning extra calories. But the body’s response to exercise varies between individuals, so the most effective strategy involves both diet and exercise.
While any form of physical activity will burn calories, aerobic exercise -- also known as cardiovascular exercise or "cardio" -- offers the best means to lose weight. For an exercise to count as aerobic, it needs to provide continuous rhythmic movement. Aerobic exercises include bicycling, rowing, jogging, aerobic dancing and brisk walking.
To lose weight you need to:
- 5 minutes of vigorous exercise a day is needed to reap health benefits
- 15 minutes of brisk walking or riding a bike gives the same results