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Boost Your Ozempic Results With This Quick 10-Minute Workout

Lose more weight and get into the best shape ever by pairing your weight loss drug with exercise. 
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Just because you are taking Ozempic and losing weight fast doesn't mean you have an excuse to skip the gym – especially because adding a little exercise can help maximize your results. "Ozempic and other weight loss medications effectively result in decreased appetite and slowing down digestion. As a natural result of this, weight loss will occur," explains David Chesworth, Program Director and Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP) at Hilton Head Health. He explains that weight is lost by putting your body into a caloric deficit, which is where the "eat less – move more" saying comes from. "And while you might burn 300 to 500 calories during an intense workout, it is super easy to find yourself consuming a 300 to 500 calorie, unhealthy snack. As the old saying goes, 'You can't outrun a poor diet.'" he adds. One of the great things about Ozempic is that it helps you feel satisfied while eating less. Read on to learn more and discover a 10-minute workout to help maximize the results of Ozempic.


"Exercise Is Still a Key Ingredient"


While Ozempic and other weight loss medications can directly impact weight loss, "exercise is still a key ingredient to maximally achieving your health and weight management goals," says Chesworth. "Exercise acts as a nice supplement, or 'boost,' to any diet and weight loss strategy. Exercise leads to a healthier heart, stronger bones, muscles, and joints, and improved levels of energy and mood."

"Any activity that you enjoy and can see yourself doing long term" is a good option, says Chesworth, as "consistency is more powerful than intensity." He suggests finding activities that you enjoy, "or at least, don't totally hate and do those activities." 

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Implement a Balance of Exercises


However, he does recommend a little structure and guidance when it comes to creating a workout to go along with Ozempic. "Be sure to implement a balance of cardio, strength, and flexibility training," he says. He recommends three to five days a week of moderate to vigorous heart rate-related exercise or five to seven days a week of light to moderate heart rate-related exercise. 


Challenge Your Muscles


For strength training, he suggests doing two to four days a week of challenging all the major muscle groups – legs, back, chest, arms, core, and shoulders. "You could break this up into upper body days and lower body days," he says. Or, you can do two to four full body training days. As for flexibility, aim to get three to seven days per week of stretching the full body. Stretching could also be implemented for five to 10 minutes at the end of your strength and cardio workouts. "If you are just getting started and coming from doing nothing, don't overwhelm yourself by doing too much," Chesworth says. "Start simple and start realistic. There is no shame in starting with one to three days a week of any type of exercise and using the above guidelines as a compass to move towards as your habits get better and stronger." 


Don't Be Afraid to Hire a Trainer


If you have no idea where to begin, hiring a personal trainer is always a great option to find activities personalized to you, he adds. "Here at Hilton Head Health, we help people every week in that same situation who don't know where to begin with their fitness and nutrition lifestyle goals. There are also virtual resources that exist out there, such as our H3 at Home coaching program with follow-along workout videos with modifiable exercises and virtual health coaches to keep you accountable to your goals." 

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20-Minute Workout


Cheworth offers a sample workout – that will only take you 10 to 20 minutes – to help maximize the results of Ozempic. 

  • Walk 100 yards
  • 20 squats
  • Walk 100 yards
  • 20 side steps
  • Walk 100 yards
  • 20 calf raises
  • Walk 100 yards
  • 0:30 hamstring stretch
  • 0:30 calf stretch
  • 0:30 chest stretch
  • 0:30 back stretch

💪🔥Body Booster: Taking Ozempic or another weight loss drug will help you lose weight. But doing a combination of weight training, cardio, and stretching, for less than 20 minutes per day, can help you maximize your weight loss results. 

Leah Groth
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