Setting your fitness goals

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Looking good is a strong incentive for leading a healthier lifestyle, according to research from Mintel, so it's worth remembering that regular exercise will boost your weight loss.Many of us have sedentary lives - drive or bus to work, sit at a desk, watch tv or use a laptop on the sofa, and you may be surprised to hear that something as simple as walking is one of the best exercises for weight loss.Walking is convenient, it’s easy to fit walking into your daily routine, and a great way to start regular exercise without feeling overwhelmed or purchasing equipment.Another benefit of walking is that, as a lower-impact exercise, so it doesn’t stress your joints.To add more steps to your day, take a walk during your lunch break, use the stairs at work, get off the bus a stop or two early, or take your dog (or borrow one!) for extra walks.Whether you're returning after a break, or if you're new to exercise, then it's important to set yourself some realistic targets, over-reaching will just demotivate you. Set yourself a few smaller or short-term goals and a bigger long-term goal. Aim smaller and slowly build up your fitness over time.Just like your Scottish Slimmers weight loss target, it's useful to set yourself targets and challenges to keep you on track.Exercise should be fun, not a chore. If you're not a fan of running then don't take up running. If you don't like doing exercise alone, join a group or club. Try different exercises to find something that you like, then you'll see you weight loss targets sooner.Post your tips and your pics to the group, inspire others, and be inspired with Scottish Slimmers on Facebook.