The Top 4 Exercises For Weight Loss (But Wait, We Have Some Important Advice First!)

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However, there are things to bear in mind. If you’ve never tried weight training before, it might come as a shock to the system. It is important to begin with lighter weights while you train your body to cope with this tough form of exercise. The great thing about it, though, is that you can always increase the weights as you get stronger and fine-tune your technique. That means you won’t get stuck in a lull of repeating the same exercise to little benefit after the initial few weeks. Increasing your weights is the key to increasing strength and burning fat, so when you do have your technique right, try to challenge your body with heavier weights to really make your muscles work.

This is also a good time to remind you that losing fat doesn’t actually mean weight as such. It means blubbery bits and waistline, but, because muscle is heavy (and heavier than fat at that), then it may not mean weight as reflected on the bathroom scales! If you are a newbie when it comes to weight training, go to some classes or book some sessions in with a  personal trainer, because technique is the most important thing when it comes to weightlifting, and if you do it wrong, it can actually be very dangerous. Your back and neck are most at risk of injury if you use the wrong technique, so it really is something to take very, very seriously.

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Yoga

When you think about the benefits of yoga, weight loss is probably not the first one that comes to mind. It does have a number of other benefits, from decreasing stress and calming the mind to improving circulation and respiratory function. Many people think this ancient practice is just about meditation and flexibility, but it can actually be extremely beneficial for weight loss and overall fitness. Unlike a number of other fitness and slimming fads, it is not torturous and is easy to stick to, which means it can help you maintain your new healthy lifestyle and keep the weight off long-term!

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Yoga asanas (or poses performed in a sequence) fight stubborn fat stores, especially as you age, which is why practicing yoga can be so effective for weight loss. There are a number of reasons for that, including strength and muscle development, but also because it lowers stress levels, connects the mind and the body, and increases overall happiness. Less stress increases the body’s functionality and deepens sleep, which is also beneficial to weight loss. As well as that, by changing your mood and attitude, while making you more aware of your body, yoga exercises naturally encourage you to eat what you need to nourish your body, instead of craving that sugar fix to get you through the day!

Yoga uses your own body as weight, meaning you build strong, lean muscles all over, from your arms and core to your back and legs, increasing your metabolism and burning calories. And it’s not just vinyasa flow and power yoga that have been proven to aid weight loss. A US study found even restorative yoga had weight loss benefits, especially for people starting out particularly unhealthy, weak, overweight, or with high stress levels.

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Combine Your Healthy Habits

But all you really need to know, despite all that, is a commonsense reality. And that is to live a generally healthy lifestyle. That means balance and a combination of healthy foods in appropriate portion sizes, and regular exercise. One of the best tips we can offer in relation to exercising for weight loss is not to start an unsustainable routine of over-exercising. What’s the point in shedding weight if you are just going to put it back on again? Weight loss should be a gradual process, and if you do lose weight by changing your lifestyle, it will be more sustainable. In other words, you are more likely to keep it off!

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The next tip in relation to sustainable weight management is to find exercises you enjoy. Again, if you don’t enjoy your workout, and go to the gym for an hour of self-imposed torture, you are not likely to sustain it. However, by finding hobbies – whether that be hiking, running, swimming, dancing, yoga, or playing a sport, and by combining a few on different days so that you don’t get bored, keeping healthy will not be a chore, it will be part of your lifestyle.

P.S. Take a look at the 5 veggies that boost female metabolism and burn off lower belly fat.



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