To maximize your results with phentermine it is recommended that you include some kind of physical activity in your new, healthy lifestyle. Exercise is an important part of your weight loss journey, not just to encourage weight loss and toning, but also to boost energy levels, suppress appetite, minimize side effects and menstrual cramping, and improve your mood and outlook on life. However, for many of us that can mean starting to work out for what could be the first time ever. So, how do you begin working out with phentermine? Here we have the top five phentermine exercise rules for you to follow, including how to set goals, and how to incorporate exercise into even the busiest of lives.
Before You Start Working Out on Phentermine
If you’re new to phentermine and/or haven’t been exercising for a while, always make sure to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise regime. Some physicians have specific exercise recommendations for their patients when they’re just starting phentermine, while others will just provide that extra bit of support! Either way, it’s always better safe than sorry, so take a couple of minutes to double-check with a healthcare provider before you begin your phentermine exercise plan. Once you’ve got the all clear, follow the steps below to start moving in the right direction!
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How to Make Your Phentermine Exercise Plan a Success
Wondering how to start working out with phentermine? Getting started can feel a little daunting, especially if you haven’t exercised much before, or not for a long time. Not to worry! If you’re pondering where to begin, here’s 5 ways to set yourself up for success with a new phentermine exercise plan:
1. Start Small
When it comes to setting phentermine exercise goals for yourself, start small. Drastic changes will push you so far out of your comfort zone and that you’ll likely find it difficult, feel miserable and possibly risk injury or illness. This overambition leads to disappointment and many people get discouraged and start finding excuses to give up.
Instead, at this first stage, begin with something you know you can achieve. Give yourself confidence, and then build up slowly based on how easy you found this first goal. Walking is always a good place to start. For example, first aim to walk round the block. If that was too easy then don’t expect to run three miles the next day. Instead, walk round the block two or three times, or try walking once and then jog the next lap. Set weekly or bi-weekly goals, always take your lifestyle into account and don’t stretch yourself too thin.
2. Quality Not Quantity
To ensure that your work-out program is going to be successful, you need to make sure it has all of “the three Cs”: commitment, convenience, and consistency.
First, exercise takes commitment. We’re always busy with work, school, holidays and all the other things that we use as excuses to skip working out on phentermine. Now is the time to test if you have what it takes to go the distance. Planning is key to weight loss success: it’s helpful to make a phentermine exercise plan, just like you would plan anything else. Put work outs on the calendar and make exercise a part of your daily schedule because if you play it by ear, later inevitably turns into never.
Convenience means choosing a gym that’s close by, an activity you can do at home, or a time when you’re not likely to be interrupted. You know your routine and whether you can fit in your plan to work out. If your phentermine exercise plan isn’t convenient, change it!
Lastly, there’s consistency. A few minutes a day is better than waiting until you have a full hour to spare and only making it to the gym a few times a month. In fact, research shows that breaking a sweat for just 10 minutes 3x per day produces similar benefits as completing a 30 minute session all at once. So, if nothing else, go for a short walk, do a few jumping jacks or try some wall push-ups when you have a few minutes to spare! Make sure your workouts consist of something that you want to (and can) do regularly, even if only in short bursts.
3. Forget Calories Burned
All too often, people new to exercise will focus on how many calories they’ve burned during a workout. This is even more true for those trying to lose weight with phentermine. Although it can be motivational for some people to have something numerical to aim for, calorie burn counts are neither particularly reliable nor helpful when it comes to establishing a workout routine for long term weight loss.
Instead, think about all of other reasons to get fit! Focus on improvements in strength, ability, speed, and in how you feel. Finding a work out you love improves health, boosts weight loss, and helps you tone up. It also makes you feel and look great and gives you lots of extra energy.
Also, don’t discount traditionally lower-intensity activities. Weight-bearing exercises such as lifting weights, yoga, and Pilates help you to build lean muscle which then improves metabolism and contributes to calorie burn even when you’re not working out. So, focusing solely on calories burned during exercise represents a short-term outlook. By focusing on the fun factor, your body’s newfound abilities and the other benefits of exercise, you’ll develop a more long-term outlook towards health and weight loss. This often leads to more successful weight loss and maintenance, even after you phentermine prescription has ended.
4. No More All Or Nothing
When it comes to setting goals, you should avoid those which don’t allow for a little flexibility. If you say you’ll go to go to the gym every day this month, then what happens when you break that because you were stuck at work on Thursday night, or your kid was sick on Saturday, or one of the many other reasons that life stops us from fulfilling our promises? With these “all or nothing” goals, you set yourself up to feel like you’ve failed when you inevitably break the perfect pattern you were aiming for. This then causes de-motivation and an unwillingness to get straight back into it again. As a result, we all too often we end up doing nothing rather than the something we should have been aiming for.
Instead, aim for long-term, overall success. The big picture counts for more than a few mistakes or missed days of exercise, so just aim to do something, and to do it as often as you can, keeping in mind the 3 C’s of commitment, convenience, and consistency as mentioned above. And, if you find yourself making excuses rather than time to exercise then it’s time to change the exercise you’re doing!
5. Constantly Challenge Yourself
As Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi famously found in his many studies on happiness, we are happiest when we’re doing something that we find challenging yet achievable. If something is too hard, we’re frustrated and give up, and if something’s too easy we get bored and give up. So, while you should keep it in mind to start slow, break down goals and do what you can, in order for your phentermine exercise plan to succeed, it’s also important to change it up so that you don’t get bored and head back to the couch.
Success on your weight loss journey will involve you saying no to a lot of the foods you loved to eat, but exercise gives you something proactive and positive you can do to improve your body, mood, and outlook on life! So, say yes to exercise and yes to new challenges; if you’ve been walking for two weeks, add some jogging, or add some speed-walking intervals, or plan a weekend hike. Maybe you feel confident enough to join a gym and try a group class, or you could also sign up for a charity walk or run – you’ll get the added benefits of training for a goal, helping a charity, and a huge sense of achievement when you finish the race – it’s win-win!
Now you know the phentermine exercise rules, you can play the game and be a weight loss winner…ready, set, go!!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2014. It was updated and expanded in April 2018.