Many people want that glowing skin and fitness, but most are unwilling to go the extra mile. A healthy lifestyle is a combination of more than one factor; a synergy of different factor working together to a common goal. Sure, you can change your diet, but drinking more water and exercise as well will cause a better effect.
As I have mentioned in previous articles, to lose weight (i.e. to lose fat – there is an important distinction between the two*) you need to change your diet and exercise more. Just to recap, the reason you are overweight is no different from the reason any other person becomes overweight – you have been eating more food than your body needs.
Weight loss is fully dependent on your goals; that then determine the best type of exercise. Luckily, no one exercise works better than the other does. It is all dependent on your system and the capability to sustain the activity.
Often people will ask me to share the best exercises for weight loss. They want to know what kind of cardio activity is going to help them lose weight faster than anything else. Even if they do not enjoy it, they are willing to try whatever is going to help them reach their goals more quickly. My response is always the same. So are you ready to hear what the magic exercise is? What is going to help you lose weight keep it off long-term, and get fit?
The answer is simple: Find the activities you enjoy doing and stick with them. It is true that some activities burn more calories than others. You will burn more in 45 minutes of running than you will in 45 minutes of walking. However, if you hate to run, the chances are that you are not going to be able to keep it up forever. Exercise becomes a chore, something you dread instead of something that brings enjoyment to your life.
Although, there is no better exercise method, some exercise combinations have a better chance of success.
1.High-Intensity Interval Training
To max out the benefits of your workout, intensity is the key. HIIT i.e. High-Intensity Interval Training involves short intervals of exercise at almost your maximum effort, followed by longer recovery periods. The secret to HIIT is how hard you work during your intense intervals. The result? Your body’s fat-burning potential shoots up, and the pounds melt away. High-intensity exercise increases the release of growth hormones, which mobilize fat to be used as fuel.
It is a misconception that doing weights bulks you up, it in fact also helps you slim down and revs up your metabolism permanently. Therefore, head to the weight room, and when you feel like quitting, ask yourself why you started. The secret to shedding pounds is actually to build muscles. Go on, workout with weights. Another option is circuit training, which involves moving quickly from one exercise to the next, and burns 30% more calories than a typical weight workout.
Surya Namaskar, one of the most widely practiced and basic yoga asanas, actually focuses on various parts of the body and work wonders with weight loss. The term translates to sun salutation and comprises a series of 12 different poses encompassed in one including the prayer pose, forward bend and the bhujangasana.
Did you know that if you include 30 minutes of brisk walking to your daily routine you could burn about 150 calories a day? When you want to shed serious weight, walking does not even cross your mind. Well, it should. Walking is the easiest weight loss exercise, and low intensity of course.
If the gym is not your thing, then just dance! Zumba is a feel-good way to improve your fitness and an effective way of incorporating exercise into your daily routine. Zumba is all about loosening up and burning calories. No wonder, it has been found to help relieve stress, increase energy and improve strength. It incorporates vigorous exercise and high-intensity movement that helps sculpt the body.
Swimming workouts burn fat, trim inches and help you get stronger, fitter and healthier than ever. Swimming vigorously can burn up to 500-700 calories an hour, whether you do a breaststroke or freestyle. It is an extremely useful form of exercise for weight loss and toning. Swimming engages all of the major muscle groups, from your abdominals and back muscles to your arms, legs, hips and glutes.
Bid the monotony of exercising goodbye with this ridiculously fun form of dance that blends traditional Bhangra moves with the dynamism of Bollywood beats. You can burn as much as 500 calories per class, and it can be modified to the comfort level of the participant, making it accessible to all ages.
8.Exercise Those Abs
Bye bye muffin top! Abdominals, a set collectively known as the core includes the many interconnected muscles that run up the back and stretch down to the butt and the front and inner thighs – not just the fat that blooms over the top of your skinny jeans. Here are weight loss exercises that will keep the love handles away: