I have always found that if I exercise, it always helps a great deal for losing unwanted weight. In fact for me, it is ESSENTIAL.  It's usually the difference between losing maybe 1 lb, or 3 to 5 lbs a week.

I realize that methodical plodding along on a treadmill is not at the top of everyone's "must do" list. But it is necessary to not only lose weight, but to get the heart rate up and your blood pressure down.


The Daily Beast had an article that includes some surprising ways you can improve your workout. Here’s some of their Shocking Exercise Facts:
--Fifteen minutes of exercise a day reduces the chance you’ll die by 14 percent.
--Eating dark chocolate regularly can improve your workout performance by as much as 50 percent.
--Your performance improves as much as 15 percent if you listen to music during a workout.
--Casual Fridays help you lose weight. When dressed in casual clothes, workers increase their physical activity by eight percent and burn 25 more calories than on the days they wear business clothes.
--Swimming reduces your mortality rate by half, even compared to people who walk or run for exercise.
--Men who exercise vigorously are one-third less likely to experience erectile dysfunction.
--Depressed people can cut their symptoms almost in half with regular aerobic exercise.
--People who regularly work out are three times more likely to also be college graduates.
--Waiters and waitresses walk twice as much as lawyers and police officers on an average workday.
--Six percent more men than women exercise regularly.
--People who want to quit smoking are twice as likely to succeed if they lift weights.
--Even with aerobic exercise, astronauts on the International Space Station lost 15 percent of their muscle mass and 30 percent of their muscle performance during six months in space.
--Teens who exercise are 36 percent less likely to develop brain tumors.

So you see, there are really no downsides to exercising... you just need to find at least 15 minutes a day.  Maybe this weekend would be a great time to take a look at your daily schedule, and schedule your 15 minutes. Can you find 15 minutes that you're currently wasting?  I'm guessing that answer would probably be..... YEA!