Everybody knows that in order to lose weight, we have to eat less and move more. Most of us also know that we should walk at least 10,000 steps per day. But is that enough to lose weight? Unfortunately not, or if it is, it will take a very long time to see a significant difference. But not all exercises are created equally and it is important that you know what your goals are so that you can create a program that is right for you. So what is the best exercise for weight loss? By incorporating some of the following exercises into your regimen, you should start to see a real difference. Do remember, however, that you must also eat a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet and that you must stay hydrated at all times.
1. Cardio Intervals
If you have ever set foot in a gym, you will have noticed the lines of people spending hours running on the treadmill or sweating it out on various other cardiovascular machines. In order to lose weight, however, you don’t need to spend hours and hours running. Rather, you should do intervals, with short bursts of high energy, and short breaks. The best formula is a 3-2-1 formula. This means, on a treadmill for instance, that you walk for three minutes, jog for two and sprint for one, after which you return to walking for three minutes and so on. Try to maintain this exercise for half an hour to see amazing results.
2. Kettlebell Swings
A kettlebell is a weighted ball with a handle. It comes in different weights, which is great as it allows you to increase your workout as you get stronger. The kettlebell swing not only helps to increase your metabolism, leading to weight loss, it also works almost every muscle in your body. Stand straight with your feet slightly wider than your hips, holding the kettlebell with two hands, at hip level with straight arms. Squat down so that the kettlebell goes between your legs and lift back up, while swinging your arms over your head and repeat. Try to aim for three sets of 20 reps.
3. The Super Advanced Plank
The plank is a single exercise that can be done in multiple ways, all of which are good for weight loss and core strength (that means it helps you build a six pack as well). A regular plank is either done on your hands, or on your forearms, with the latter being slightly more difficult. With the advanced plank, you move from being on your hands down to being on your forearms, back up to being on your hands. The super advanced plank takes this one step further. Complete 10 reps of advanced plan, then lift your hips as high as possible and try to make your heels touch the floor, head between your arms. Not only does this make the workout more effective, it also counter stretches so that you don’t end up with sore muscles.