Weight loss exercises are a part of every solid weight loss plan. There are many different types of exercises to choose from and each has its pros and cons depending on your personality and lifestyle. Some people love to go to the gym, while others prefer to stay at home. Still others are bored by the four walls around them and choose to do their exercise outside come rain, sleet or even snow. Some individuals choose to set aside a specific time to do their exercise while others just incorporate it into their daily routines when it can fit in there. Examples of this include walking to work, parking as far away from the grocery store as possible so as to get in more of a walk, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
Finding the right weight loss exercises for you has much more to do with you than the exercise itself. what you are looking for is something that is safe, sustainable and, if possible, fun. If you’re the type of person who would never use the word “fun” to describe any type of activity, then choose something that you don’t mind doing as much as other things.
Walking is one of the most convenient forms of exercise because you can do it anywhere and set the pace yourself. It’s also easier on the joints than jogging and something that most people don’t mind doing often. To get the most benefits from walking, try to walk at a brisk pace and swing your arms. While walking is good for cardio, it does little in terms of strength-building which is also important.
Biking is a good choice for the cardio part of your exercise plan and it also builds muscles in your upper leg. It can be hard on the knees and more dangerous in terms of possible accidents (if you are riding your bike outside, as opposed to a stationary bike).
Aerobic dancing exercises the whole body and offers the extra social element as well which can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on your personality. You can also choose to incorporate weights into your aerobics routine to offer the extra resistance part of your training. The benefits of committing to an aerobics class are that you can meet friends and stick to a schedule. However, you can also do aerobics at home with the help of a DVD.
Many people choose swimming as their exercise. Some good points with swimming is that it exercises every muscle in the body and isn’t hard on your joints. However, you may be surprised to know that swimming is not considered the best exercise if your goal is to lose weight because it doesn’t increase your metabolism as much as land exercises do. Also, swimming builds less muscle because your muscles are supported by water as you exercise.