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How to Lose Weight by Physiotherapy Exercise

Physiotherapy involves natural methods, such as exercise, massage, manipulation and adapted equipment, to help rehabilitate patients following an injury or suffering from movement disorders 1. You typically perform physiotherapy exercises at low intensities, as their purpose is to reduce and prevent stiffness -- not promote weight loss 1. However, when you perform them correctly, eat a healthy diet and combine them with other activities, you can lose weight with physiotherapy exercises 1.

Perform all the exercises your physiotherapist prescribes with perfect technique and as often as he advises. There are a vast range of physiotherapy exercises, all designed to improve certain conditions 1. To rehabilitate, you should follow your physiotherapist's advice exactly. While most of the exercises are not overly demanding, they can still burn calories and increase your heart rate, which aids in fat loss.

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Include exercises in your workout program that don't have adverse effects on your injury. For example, if your therapy involves your knee, it's quite possible that you can still perform some upper body training using machines. Likewise, if you have a back, shoulder or neck injury, do some light sets of leg curls, leg extensions or leg presses to enhance your exercise program without affecting your condition.

Walk, swim or cycle if you're able. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults should partake in at least 2 1/2 hours of low-intensity cardiovascular exercise every week 2. This is the bare minimum for maintaining your health and weight. To lose weight, you will need to increase this amount or consume fewer calories. If you have an upper body injury, walking, jogging and cycling are good cardio exercises you can still perform. If you have a lower body injury, swimming is a good option. Fully discuss your complete exercise program with your physiotherapist to ensure you are not putting strain on your injury.

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Follow a calorie-controlled balanced diet. Diet is just as important as exercise when it comes to losing weight. The USDA recommends that most men and women consume between 2000 and 3000, and 1800 to 2400 calories per day, respectively, to maintain weight, depending on age, weight and activity levels. Eat lean proteins, low-fat dairy products, carbohydrates from whole grains, fruits and lots of vegetables to achieve this.