Exercising is one of the healthiest and most effective ways to lose those extra pounds and keep them off for good. Experts recommend that for weight loss, spend 30 minutes, five days a week doing some form of exercise. The good news is recent studies have shown that you can break your 30 minutes down to three 10-minute increments and get the same effect. So find something you enjoy doing -- walking with a friend, joining classes at your local gym, going for a hike in the mountains, or riding your bike or walking to run errands that are nearby.
Weight training provides a benefit separate from that of regular exercise. Muscle requires more calories than fat for maintenance and increasing muscle will increase your metabolism, meaning your calories will burn even when you're resting. Combining strength training and cardio workouts will increase your weight loss efforts.