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6 Easy Exercises to Lose Weight

November 23, 2013
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girl doing bicycle exercisesNo one ever said getting fit was easy but there are easy exercises to lose weight. Six out of ten adult Americans want to lose weight, making it the second most popular New Year’s resolution for people. But you don’t have to go to the gym to workout. Exercising at home is a viable option to lose weight; you just need the right moves to challenge yourself. Full body exercises that engage more muscle groups and require more energy to perform will burn more calories and strengthen your entire body. These easy exercises to lose weight don’t require any equipment, just your own body weight. Plus they incorporate all the major muscle groups so you will get a full body workout. Here are 6 easy exercises to lose weight. For each exercise do 12-15 repetitions and 3-5 sets.


Squats

Stand with feet shoulder width apart hands straight out in front of you. Lower your buttocks towards the ground (as if you are sitting down in a chair) until your thighs are parallel with the floor. Your weight should be on your heels, not your toes. Your knees shouldn’t go over your toes. Keep your chest up and look straight ahead. Rise back up to starting position.


Pushups

Get in the pushup position with your arms under your shoulders, abdomen tight and your body straight from head to feet. Bend at the elbows, lowering your chest towards the floor, between your hands. Push back up to starting position. Modifications to this exercise include placing your knees on the floor, while keeping the rest of the form the same. Or you can also do standing wall pushups.

Bicycles

Lie with your back on the floor, placing your hands behind your head. Raise your knees to a 90 degree angle with your thighs in line with your hips. While straightening your left leg, bring your right knee to your chest while simultaneously bringing your left elbow to meet your knee. Then straighten your right leg (keeping it from touching the ground) while bringing your left knee to meet your right elbow over your chest.

Bridge

Lay with your back flat on the floor and your arms at your sides. Bend your knees with your feet flat on the floor. Raise your hips up until you make a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. Keep your back straight and your core engaged. Hold for 3-5 seconds then lower back to the ground.

Superman

Lay on your stomach with your arms out in front of you. Keeping your head straight, simultaneously raise your arms, legs and upper body off the floor. Hold 3- 5 seconds then return to the ground.

Skaters

Stand feet shoulder width apart. Squat down half way, keeping your shoulders down and back, back flat and core tight. Put your legs side to side like a speed skater. Leap to the right, immediately push off in the opposite direction and land on your left foot. Continuously leap back and forth from left to right, right to left.



For the millions of people who want to get fit, but don’t want to go to the gym these easy exercises to lose weight are a great starting point. They work the entire body, all the major muscle groups, build strength, and burn calories. They may be challenging at the start, but no one ever said losing weight was easy and if you don’t challenge yourself you won’t ever lose the weight. Do these easy exercises to lose weight everyday and you will see results fast.