Exercises To Lose Weight
There are many fantastic exercises to lose weight. The only trouble is, there are so many . . . you can’t do them all at once!
Below is a list of what I feel are the best exercises to lose weight. Many people stick to just one or two – everyone will have their favourites. I particularly like hill walking and HIIT training (I’ll be writing about HIIT training often here). But you’ll benefit far more if you can take a range of these exercises and rotate your sessions where you can. By doing so, your aerobic capacity will increase, your metabolism will increase, you’ll get an all over muscle balance, and you’ll burn off many calories.
Rotating like this will also minimise the risk of injuries from muscle imbalances and repetitive strains.
Okay, no more stalling. The List . . .
My Ulitmate List of Exercises To Lose Weight
Running and jogging are great fitness exercises. And probably one of the best for burning off calories. If you were able to go for an hour you could burn between 600 and 1000 calories or more (depending on your age, weight, sex, running speed, etc). There’s quite a lot of impact on your joints though, so if general fitness and weight loss is your ultimate goal it would be good to rotate this with other aerobic exercises.
Hill walking or just normal walking is also a great exercise. As I said, one of my favourites. And much better on your joints than running. You can burn almost as many calories per mile as you could if you were running, but obviously it would take much longer to walk a mile! Say, at a steady 3.5 miles per hour, you could burn around 350 calories in an hour. circuit training can give you a great all over body workout, as well as burning many calories. The full body workout will increase your lean body mass (not fat), which in turn increases your metabolism. A double whammy! This can average out around 500 calories an hour if you work relatively hard.cycling is simply great! Very low impact on your joints, it would be an awesome exercise to alternate with others like running. Cycling at a good pace for an hour can use about 700 calories. When I say at a good pace, you’ve got to be peddling, not cruising down hill!
Aerobics videos are fun and varied. There are so many celebrity aerobic videos on the market. Buy yourself a selection or stick them on your birthday wish list. Rotate them each session to keep your motivation up – they could get boring otherwise. Depending on your effort, you could burn between 300 and 600 calories per hour. Step machines are another low impact, high calorie consumption exercise. If you pick up the pace, you could burn 700 calories an hour. Personally, I find step exercise a little boring, but it’s a great exercise to do at home in front of the TV.
Cross trainer machines are simply fantastic. As far as machines go, this is one of my favourites. You get a great aerobic workout and can burn between 600 and 1000 calories per hour. Rowing is another great low impact exercise. It’s a full body workout, which makes it such a good calorie burner, an par with the cross trainer. I always misjudge how much effort I put in on these machines. I start off at a pace which feels comfortable, and 20 minutes in I’m spent! swimming is the ultimate in low impact exercise. For me, I can only swim breaststroke. If I try swimming front crawl, I’m wasted after one length. But an hour of breaststroke can burn 600 to 800 calories.
HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training is the ultimate of my exercises to lose weight list! I simply love this type of training. But you should only train for 20 to 30 minutes, two to three times per week if you like it, as it is just so . . . intense!
Studies have shown than more fat is metabolised during HIIT training than traditional long aerobic workouts, and that your resting metabolic rate will be higher for the following 24 hours. And this leads to even more calories burned.