Let’s face it, you don’t just wake up one morning to a flat stomach. This isn’t a fairy-tale world and there are some harsh realities you need to face. One of them is that exercise is the ultimate weight loss tool. It would be ignorant to state that it’s the only tool, but it remains the best when it comes down to it.
Burning calories and building a little muscle can do wonders for your body, but you have to want it badly enough. You see, the moment somebody tells you something is EASY, it usually means you shouldn’t expect too much.
With exercise, you can expect great things because it requires effort. It also requires motivation and the right mindset, but once you get the machine going, nothing can stop you.
Where the mind goes, the body will follow. So, it’s up to you to decide if you can steer your body into getting up a little earlier and making exercise part of your lifestyle. Because that’s the only way you can lose the weight, and effectively keep it out of your life forever.
So, are you ready to choose a few exercises to help you lose weight?
1.) High-Intensity Interval Training
If you’ve heard of CrossFit, then you’ll know what high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is all about. Essentially, you take on an exercise using everything you’ve got for a short period of time, then you catch your breath for a short while.
This cycle repeats itself until you can’t do it anymore, or you’ve reached your target REPS.
Due to these maximum bursts of energy, an increased amount of growth hormones are released, which calls for fat to become fuel. This means that about twenty or thirty minutes of HIIT equals or surpasses the effects of longer exercises, such as jogging.
We’ve also read a lot recently about PiYo and a lot of people are trying this new routine, however a website we looked at recently gave a shocking review of PiYo – so can’t be sure how good it is.
2.) Strength Training
Many individuals think losing weight is only about burning fat, which is accurate if you don’t mind spending a lifetime losing two or three pounds. The fact of the matter is the body doesn’t just burn fat, especially when it regards the fat as a necessary resource.
Now, if you take a look at professional strength trainers, they lose weight before they bulk up.
Because the fat is being replaced with muscle. And why is this a good thing? Because it makes it more difficult for weight to come back after you lose it, and it speeds up the fat loss process. With strength training, you literally turn fat into muscle.
3.) Surya Namaskar
For those who prefer an Eastern way of exercising, Surya Namaskar is an incredibly popular approach to yoga. In English, it means “Sun Salutation”, and the sequence includes twelve positions based on positions like the prayer pose and forward bend.
As you can imagine, this is a full-body workout that doesn’t just increase the strength of your skeletal system and your flexibility, but it also helps to burn fat in a very healthy way.
4.) Take a Walk
We tend to underestimate the power of walking. Given that it is the easiest exercise anyone can do just about anywhere, only thirty minutes of a brisk walk will see you losing about 150 calories.
For individuals who find strength training and HIIT a little too intense, you can get back to the basics of walking. Set up a routine and try to increase the amount of time you spend walking, and you will definitely feel and see a difference.
Zumba is typically associated with a fun way of losing weight and getting into solid shape. And the reason why this association is made is based on the combination of dancing and high-intensity exercise.
Other benefits you can expect to see include reduced stress levels and whole lot more energy.
Plus, expect your strength to build as well, because through all the dancing, twist, turns, and squats, you’ll be losing more than just unwanted calories.
6.) Go For a Swim
Yet another fun way to effectively lose weight is to go swimming. Research shows that if you swim intensely for an hour, you can burn between 500 and 700 calories. And the best part is that you get a full-body workout.
Everything from your stomach to your arms and back muscles to your thighs hips and glutes gets a decent wake-up call. Of course, just like with the other exercises, you can expect an increase in energy, strength, and stamina, but you will also be toning your body.
Why not use swimming in addition to one of the others mentioned on the list, then you’ll probably see the weight running away from you.
7.) Masala Bhangra
Taking it up another level in terms of interesting exercises for effective weight loss, Masala Bhangra sees the combined effects of Bhangra moves and dancing. And you’ll be swinging your hips to some addictive Bollywood music.
Most of the work, or dancing if you prefer, is done with your arms, resulting in stronger shoulders and rotator cuff muscles. It is said that you lose about 500 calories per single class, and people of all ages can participate.
The music is great, the movements are fun and exciting, and the result is a more toned and stronger upper body. Oh, and you’ll drop several jean sizes in the process too.