Weight loss doesn’t have to be complicated: if you burn more calories than you consume, you’ll lose weight. However, you don’t have to go on a strict diet or count every calorie to be successful in weight loss. If you create an active lifestyle and make exercise a habit, you’ll be able to lose weight.
Creating an Exercise Plan
1Write your exercise goals down. The simple act of writing down your goals makes you much more likely to accomplish them.
- Make your goals realistic. If you’ve never run a mile, don’t make your goal to run two miles a day during your first week of exercise.
- Create a schedule. You want to have set days for your workouts. You should gradually increase the duration and difficulty of your workouts.
2Create high-intensity cardio sessions. Cardio workouts are an essential part of burning calories and fat. With cardio, you can burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time.
- Choose the type of cardio you enjoy. Some types of cardio include: swimming, running, and jumping rope.
- Do your cardio for at least twenty minutes at a time for maximum benefit.
- Add in intervals to your workout. For example, sprint as fast as you can for one minute, then walk for two minutes, then sprint again for one minute, and walking again for two. Gradually add more repetitions to your routine.
- When doing intervals, using machines like treadmills can be helpful because you can keep your speeds consistent.
3Add strength training. Even though cardio is the quickest way to lose fat and burn calories, strength training is an important part of keeping the weight off and building up your muscle mass. As your muscle increases, so will your metabolism.
4Vary your workouts. If you do the same exercises every day, you’ll be more likely to burn out and get bored or reach a fitness plat and have a difficult time losing weight.
- Alternate days between cardio and strength training.
- Switch up your cardio. Maybe go for a long bike ride one day and a run the next time you do cardio.
- In your strength training, spend one day a week focusing on your core, one day on your arms, and one day on your legs.
5Join a class. If you can, joining an exercise class can be extremely beneficial to your exercise routine.
- In a class, a teacher will most likely push you harder than you’d push yourself.
- Also, you’ll have the accountability of your classmates.
- If you pay for classes in bulk ahead of time, you’ll be more likely to stick to going on a regular basis.
Cultivating an Active Lifestyle
1Ease into exercising. If you don’t already consistently exercise, diving headfirst into a strenuous regime can be discouraging and even cause injury. Get creative and find small ways to add more movement to your day.
- Do housework and yard work. Scrubbing, dusting, raking, weeding and mowing are all great ways to burn calories. Plus, you’ll check off some of your chores.
- Go out of your way to walk more. Park 15 minutes away from your office building or at the farthest end of a store’s parking lot.
- Pay for your gas inside, and walk inside a restaurant instead of using a drive-thru.
- Always take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator.
- Though these are small adjustments, the calories you burn add up.
2Add a daily walk. Walking is unintimidating, and it is a great way to get in shape that is gentle on your body.
- You can walk anywhere: around your office, in your neighborhood, or at a park. Plan your route ahead of your walk, so you know how far you are going to go.
- Walk as long as you can, as many days of the week as you can. Thirty minutes a day is an excellent supplement to your exercise routine.
3Change your commute. If you are in a position to do so, consider biking to work. Biking is a great way to add cardio into your routine.
- If you bike to work, you’ll not only improve your fitness, you’ll also save money on gas and help the environment by reducing your emissions.
4Start fidgeting. Even tiny movements, like tapping your toes to a catchy song can help improve your overall wellbeing.
- If you get the urge to move, don’t suppress it.
- Move your fingers, sway back and forth, changing your seating position, play with nearby items.
- Don’t sit while you think or wait. Stand up and pace around.
5Invest in a stability ball. If you work in an office setting, this is an ideal way to incorporate some strength training into your workday.
- Simply sit on your stability ball instead of a desk chair.
- If you don’t like the idea of a stability ball, consider a standing desk, instead.
6Walk your dog often. This is an incentive for you to get outside walking and will benefit your pet, as well.
- If you don’t have a dog, think about dog walking for a friend or putting out an advertisement to be a dog walker as a side job.
- Agreeing to walk someone else’s pet will hold you accountable to your exercise plans.
7Consider a fitness tracking device. A wristband device can help you keep track of how much you really are increasing your daily movement.
- Plus, seeing it on your wrist will be a reminder to get moving.
Trying Out a Balanced Beginner Weight-Loss Workout
1Stretch out your body. Stretching before working out is a good habit to get into. It will help loosen up your muscles and prevent you from getting hurt, so you can continue your workouts on schedule.
- Sit on the ground with your legs out in front of you. Fold forward, reaching your hands toward you toes. It’s okay if you can’t touch your toes yet. Hold this pose for 30 seconds, take a break, and then hold it for 30 more seconds. This stretch with help loosen up your hamstrings.
- Do 20 walking lunges around your room or outside on the pavement. This dynamic stretch with warm up your legs.
- Stand upright, and grab one of your feet behind you with a bend at the knee. Pull it as close to your body as your can while still keeping your balance. Then, switch sides. This will stretch out your quad muscles.
2Do walk and run intervals for 25 minutes. In a beginner’s workout, you can do shorter run intervals. This can be easily done outside with a timer or on a treadmill.
- Walk for four minutes, and then run vigorously for one minute. Repeat this sequence three more times. Then, after your last minute run, walk for five more minutes to cool down.
- Make sure on the walk portions of your intervals, you are walking briskly.
3Do 50 crunches or sit ups. Doing a small sequence of body weight exercises after intervals can help you burn fat more quickly.
- Lay on your back on a comfortable foam pad or towel.
- Place your feet flat on the floor, and bend your knees slightly.
- If you’re doing crunches, raise your body up halfway to your knees and then back down to the ground. Go all the way to your knees if you want to do sit-ups.
- You can either do your 50 crunches or sit-ups all at once, or split them up into two sets of 25 with a great in-between.
4Complete 20 push-ups. If you find push-ups too difficult at first, you can modify them. Simply put your knees on the floor as you do your push-ups but keep the rest of your body aligned in a straight line.
- You can do these all at once or in two sets of 10 with a break in between.
5Plank for 30 seconds. Plank is a good exercise to end on because it utilizes your entire body, so you finish your workout strong.
- The plank position looks like the top of a push-up before you bend your arms. You want to body to be straight, like a board. You can modify the plank by resting on your forearms instead of your hands.
Can we lose weight by skipping?User ContributorYes! Skipping is a great form of cardio exercise to work into your routine.
Can I lose weight by just exercising and not changing my diet?User ContributorThat's what this article is about. You can lose weight just by exercising, but only if you exercise enough to burn more calories than you eat.
How do I lessen my belly fat?User ContributorYou can't lose weight in just one area of your body, but by improving your overall fitness and committing to regular exercise will help you decrease fat overall. In addition, you can add on more abdominal exercises like crunches and sit-ups to tone the muscles in your stomach.
Is it necessary for me to do sit-ups, push-ups and planks all in one day to lose weight?User ContributorNo. There is no one particular exercise you have to do. Create the exercise plan that works for you. For weight loss, the most important type of exercise to do is cardio - things like running, biking, playing sports, etc., where you are moving a lot and getting your heart pumping.
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Does bouncing on a trampoline count as a cardiovascular activity?User ContributorYes, but you would have to do it for a long time. It would be better exercise to jump without a trampoline, since the trampoline does a lot of the work for you.
I'm 46 with a seasonal pain on my left arm. Is it advisable for me to continue skipping rope for or jumping up 30 minutes daily?User ContributorIt depends on the cause of the pain and your comfort with using your arm. If there is actual tissue damage in the arm, it would be advisable to take a break until it heals - maybe do some less arm-intensive exercise in the meantime. However, some pain, especially chronic pain, has nothing to do with actual damage; if you know that is the case for you, it should be safe to use your arm normally.
How long does it take to lose weight by exercising and not changing my diet?User ContributorThis depends entirely on how many calories you're consuming and what type of exercise (and the duration). Cardio-intensive exercise will be best for losing weight; you can track the amount of energy you're burning on treadmills at the gym, a pedometer app, or device such as FitBit. For every 3,500 calories you burn more than you consume, you will lose one pound.
- Instead of allowing yourself to become frustrated or depressed with your current weight, use it as a motivational tool. While you exercise, think: "Someone called me chubby and I didn't like it. Pretty soon, people will be telling me that I look like I’ve lost weight!"
- Set a target weight for a specific occasion, i.e. a friend's wedding in which you're a bridesmaid.
- To prevent yourself from getting discouraged, give yourself a small reward at the end of each day.
- Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water each day. This helps flush metabolic waste to keep your metabolism in top shape. It may help to carry a metal water bottle around with you at all times. This will help remind you to drink, is cheaper than purchasing drinks whenever you get thirsty, and is better for the environment.
- When your done exercising, reward yourself with a small snack. But don't go too big.
- You will have soreness and muscle aches if you haven't vigorously exercised in a while. Don't worry. The more you exercise, the more you'll stretch your muscles and the pain will greatly decrease.
- Anyone over the age of 60 or who has heart disease, high blood pressure, or arthritis should consult a doctor before attempting interval training.
- Watch for overall body condition changes, not just weight. Since exercising builds muscle and burns fat, and since muscle weighs more than fat, pay more attention to how you look and feel than the numbers on the scale.
- Don't be too hard on yourself. Expect a gradual weight loss, and stay consistent.
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