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Choose the Best Exercises to Lose Weight

December 10, 2012
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People exercise for many reasons but one of the main reasons is to lose weight. There are so many ways to exercise its hard to know what’s right for you. Any form of exercise is good however the best exercises to lose weight are the most effective exercises. To see weight loss results you need to include both cardio and strength training exercise to burn calories, burn fat, and build muscles. These exercises can be done at home or in the gym. The best workouts include these exercises that work all the major muscle groups in the body to effectively lose weight.



Walking- Walking is a great cardiovascular exercise. What’s good about it? It can be done anywhere with no equipment necessary, plus everyone knows how to walk since we do it daily to move around. Include at least 30 minutes of walking in your daily exercise routine. To make it harder increase your time, speed and incline.

 

Interval Training- Interval training helps to rev up your workout by increasing the intensity for a set interval. By increasing the intensity of your workout your body burns more calories from fat helping to lose weight. For example, if you start walking, add in 1-2 minute intervals of jogging or running throughout your entire routine. Your overall fitness will improve, helping you to see faster weight loss results.

 

Squats & Lunges- Both squats and lunges work all major muscle groups in the lower body at the same time. This is a plus because you don’t have to do separate exercises for the quadriceps, hamstrings, and gluteals. Its important to maintain good form while doing both squats and lunges to get the maximum results and to avoid the risk of injury. While doing squats keep your back straight with feet shoulder width apart. Bend at the knees while lowering your rear and keeping your knees over your ankles. With lunges keep your spine straight and your weight on your back foot. Maintain balance while lowering your back knee towards the floor without actually touching the floor.

 

Abdominal Crunches- Abdominal crunches help to strengthen the core muscles. It’s important to contract your abdominal muscles while pressing your back into the floor, and raising your neck, shoulders, and upper back off the floor. To help avoid arching your back raise your feet off the floor, which engages your hip flexors.

 

Push-ups- Push-ups are a great strengthening exercise for the entire upper body. Pushups strengthen the chest, shoulders, triceps and core muscles. Remember to keep your body in a straight line from your shoulders all the way down to your feet. Keep your abdominals and glutes engaged as you lower your body down and bring it backup. For beginners, you can start with your knees on the floor. To make push-ups more difficult put your feet on a stair or bench.

Bent Over Rows- Bent over rows work the opposite muscle group than push-ups, the upper back and biceps. Keep your knees bent, flex forward at the hips engaging your abdominals and extend your spine. For beginners perform bent over rows without weights.