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Getting fit and healthy the right way is about more than just making good food choices. Exercise plays such an important role, not only will you lose excess weight but you’ll be stronger, more energised and will massively impact just about every part of your body in a positive way. There are so many different types of exercise routines and classes that you’ve probably never even heard of-‘boxercise’, ‘boogie bounce’ ‘yogalates’ to name a few! If you’re a bit overwhelmed and wondering where to start, it never hurts to take it back to basics. Here are a few of the ‘old fashioned’ exercises that are great for weight loss.
You can slog it out on an exercise bike, or grab a traditional bicycle and go for a ride. Lots of activities that cause repetition to your joins do damage to them over time, however cycling does the exact opposite and it actually strengthens joints instead. You can expect to see improvements in your hips, legs and, glutes- and the stronger these muscles are the quicker you burn fat. The good thing about cycling is not only is it good exercise but it’s an effective mode of transport too. Cycling to and from work for example would be a great way to incorporate exercise into your routine without even having to think about it.
If you’re looking to get fit, tone up and make a huge improvement to your overall health (and fast!) running is definitely the way to go. It’s a high impact activity that burns a tremendous amount of calories in a short time. It gives just about every muscle in your body a workout. You can get back to nature and go for a run outside or use a treadmill at home or in the gym. All that really matters is you’re getting your heart rate up and pushing your body into the fat burning zone. You might feel as though your current fitness level isn’t quite up to sprinting or running marathons, but just start small. Jog, or even walk and add a short interval of running. Then as you gradually get fitter, you can increase the running time.
Swimming is an excellent calorie burner and is great for weight loss. Unlike running it’s not hard on the joints, and so is suitable for people who aren’t able to run for long periods. An easy swim burns around five hundred calories an hour, while a vigorous effort can burn almost seven hundred. It’s a great body-shaping activity for all ages and fitness levels. The only downside is needing access to a swimming pool, signing up for a membership allowing you unlimited access is your best bet.
Strength training and lifting weights might not be the first thing you think of when embarking on a weight loss journey. You might think that you’ll build too much muscle, and end up looking bigger when your aim is to get smaller. However strength training can burn just as much (if not more) fat than cardio. Strength training is the number one way to build more muscle, and you burn over a hundred calories a day for every three pounds of muscle you gain. You don’t have to start ‘pumping iron’ to add strength training to your workout routine, using some light dumbbells or even doing bodyweight exercises can be effective at improving your strength.