We all know that regular exercise is the key to losing weight, but which exercise is best? From cardio to interval training, here’s a look at the most effective workouts for shedding weight fast in the new year!
It’s no secret that daily exercise is one of the keys to dropping those unwanted pounds. But did you know that not all workouts were created equal? That’s right, while there are seemingly millions of new exercise regiments out there today, some are actually better than others when it comes to losing weight fast. Which ones you ask? Here, we’ve broken down the top workouts to help you maximize your calorie-burning time at the gym and kiss those stubborn lbs. goodbye once and for all. Get the scoop on how you should be working out here!
As it turns out, working out effectively isn’t about hiring an expensive trainer, but rather combining a handful of different exercises and reaping the benefits of each, according to a report by Matthew Haines, a senior lecturer in Health and Wellbeing at the University of Huddersfield. Like many health professionals, Matthew agrees that high-intensity interval training (HIT) — short jolts of explosive sprints in between slower recovery periods — is better at helping you lose weight compared to steady cardio, as it forces your muscles to work harder without adequate oxygen, a process called anaerobic conditioning. This helps your muscles burn more energy in a shorter amount of time, which research shows can bring about rapid changes in your body that help fire up your metabolism. And since stronger muscles have been proven to burn more fat, interval training is definitely a smart strategy to incorporate into a few cardio workouts each week.
Resistance training is likely another form of working out that you’ve heard a lot about in recent years. But while you might be skeptical to hit the weight room when you’re trying to shed pounds, don’t be — building muscle is essential to creating a solid foundation. Creating lean muscle not only gives you that sexy, trim look, but also helps raise your base metabolism — permanently! Think of it as the key to effective weight loss in the long run. To start, try doing a full-body circuit workout with 5 lb. weights or incorporating a kettlebell into your regular squat and lunges routine.
Though likely the most obvious answer to your weight loss needs, endurance-type exercise isn’t necessarily the best for the long-term. While this type of regiment, which is usually done at a moderate intensity or steady pace, expends more energy (i.e. burns more calories) than resistance training alone, it makes it easy into a rut. This is where adding cardio intervals is especially key, as it keeps your body from plateauing and ensures that you stick with your routine down the road.
Still, if there is one thing that Matthew and other health professionals can all agree on, it’s that the best type of workout is the one that you actually do. Find a workout that doesn’t feel like one, like a dance class, a brisk hike with friends, or even a walk around the neighborhood, so that you’ll not only continue to keep up with your routine, but also want to do it — well, most days anyways.
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