INTRO
Out of all competing strategies for losing weight exercise remains the best. When it is attuned to your body type as recommended by a trainer and is vigorous it has many benefits. It raises metabolism for several days after the workout. Calories are burned at a higher rate in a smooth, natural way. Fat is converted into muscle mass which in turn raises metabolism in the long term. And, of course, you will feel great. This will reflect on how others see you and will up the level of your self-esteem even if you are confident. You will be more successful if your approach is structured.

Step1
Take a look in your kitchen and assess the volume of unhealthy and fattening food in stock. Estimate how long it’s going to take you to consume it all. Mark the following day in your calendar as the start date of your exercise program. Tell your friends how you commit yourself to the plan and ask them to cheer you. Replace the old food with healthy food.

Step2
Decide how many pounds you want to lose. Make sure it’s a realistic number. In the first week, aim for the nearest round number. So if you weigh 165 pounds, try getting to 160. Your next week’s goal can be bigger.

Step3
Start the exercise routine and repeat it each morning for 21 days. 21 days is the magic habit building number. Experts say that by the 22nd day whatever you practiced will have become a habit that you do more roboticaly. Imagine how proud you’ll feel when the exercise habit replaces whatever other bad habit you were doing before the exercise.

Step4
Stay motivated. Although exercise might become a habit for you it doesn’t mean you can’t slack off. Keep your mind fixed to a vision. If it’s winter, think of the beach. If it’s summer, think of the new outfit you always wanted for Christmas. Whatever you imagine, make sure it’s powerful enough to help you stay motivated.

Step5
Complement your efforts with a membership at a health club. You will have access to better equipment. You’ll be able to work harder. You will be in a supportive environment with others around you doing the same thing you are doing. Extra services like spas will add value to your experience.

Step6
Hire a personal trainer. A trainer understands your body type and can make recommendations about what exercises you need to emphasize. Muscle groups that were weak will become stronger. More blood will circulate in areas that were neglected. Chronic tension you might have not been aware of will leave certain areas of your body. You may decide to complement your workouts with therapeutic massage.

Step7
Monitor your progress diary. Record parameters such as type of exercise, workout duration, food eaten and weight lost. Soon, patterns will emerge and you will know what works best for you.

Step8
Invest in a spinning bike with a 40 pound flywheel. It has many benefits. If you can’t get to the gym because of a flat tire or bad weather you can still do quality exercise in the comfort of your home. It works the legs and waist which are the areas most frequently afflicted by the office life-style. It helps prevent back problems. It forces you to burn lots of calories. Modern bikes are safe, comfortable, adjustable, have timers and come with pre programmed workouts.

Step9
Don’t forget to have fun!

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You’re not greedy. You’re not asking for a six pack. You’d settle for a slightly flatter look and a bit more tone. But no matter how many crunches you do, it seems impossible to firm and define those elusive abdominal muscles.Given our obsession with abs, you’d think we’d have figured it out by now. But many of us are still frustrated by a lack of results. What are we doing wrong? Should we be doing different exercises?

To clear the air, here is an abdominal program touted as the best six abdominal busters by bodybuilders, athletes and many week-end athletes.

Do this workout 3 times a week, with a day off between sessions. Begin all workouts with moves 1 and 2, then choose 2 of the remaining 4 moves. Vary the moves throughout the week to keep your abdominals challenged.

Whatever your fitness level, begin with 1 set of each move, resting 45 – 60 seconds after each set. For best results, pay special attention to your form so that you fatigue your target muscles by the end of each workout. When this is no longer challenging, add a second set of each move, or don’t rest between exercises.

Roll Up

Lie face up on the floor with your legs extended, feet together. Extend arms above your chest, palms facing forward, fingers pointing towards the ceiling. Drop shoulder blades down away from your ears. Inhale, tucking your chin to look at your navel as you begin to roll your upper body up, keeping your spine rounded. Exhale, pulling your navel towards your spine as you continue rolling up, slowly raising your upper body to a full seated position. Slowly roll back down to starting position, keeping your arms raised, and repeat for all reps. Begin with 4 roll ups, gradually building to 6. Targets rectus abdominis.

Forearm Plank

Begin on your knees and forearms, elbows aligned with shoulders, fingers interlaced. Draw shoulder blades down and contract abs to stabilize your torso. Extend your right leg behind you, toes turned under, weight on ball of foot, keeping hips square and pelvis stable. Extend left leg, feet together, so you’re supported on forearms and balls of feet. Hold for 20 seconds; relax. Do 3 reps. Begin with a 20 second hold; gradually build to 30 seconds, then 1 minute. Targets obliques.

Bridge with Leg Extension

Lie face up with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor; hip width apart. Relax arms by your sides, palm facing down. Contract abdominals, pulling your naval towards your spine. Inhale; then exhale as you lift your tailbone. Lift your back until only your shoulder blades touch the floor, your body forming a straight line from shoulders to knees. Hold for 30 seconds. Maintaining the bridge position, extend your left leg in front of you at hip height. Hold. Return foot to floor; then repeat with your right leg, keeping hips elevated throughout. Continue alternating legs for all reps without letting your hips or torso drop. Do 8 alternating leg extensions (4, with each leg); gradually build to 16 (8 with each leg). Targets rectus abdominis; obliques and erector spinae (lower back muscles).

Ball Oblique Twist

Sit on stability ball, knees bent, feet on floor. Walk your feet out and lie back; put right hand on ball, left hand behind head. Use glutes to tilt pelvis up. Maintain this position throughout. Contract abs (pull naval towards spine) as you roll your torso up, bringing ribs towards hips; then rotate left elbow towards right knee. Keeping hips square and lifted, slowly lower. Do reps on the left side, then right. Begin with 8 -12 reps per side; gradually build to 16. Targets rectus abdominis and obliques.

Bent Knee Crunch

Lie face up on the floor; knees bent and in line with hips, calves parallel to floor; feet together. Rest unclasped fingertips behind head, elbows pointing out to the sides. Contract abs, pulling your naval in towards your spine. Maintain leg position as you use abs to pull ribs in towards hips, lifting head, neck, then shoulder blades off the floor. Begin with 8 – 12 reps, gradually build to 16 – 20 reps. Targets rectus abdominis and obliques.

Reverse Curl

Lie face up, knees bent, heels close to your buttocks and fingertips behind head. Without changing knee angle, contract abs to curl your tailbone a few centimeters off the floor, knees rolling towards chest. Avoid moving thighs to lift higher; keep heels towards buttocks. Slowly lower to floor; repeat for all reps. Begin with 8 – 12 reps; gradually build to 16 – 20 reps. Targets rectus abdominis and obliques.

: article by Sandra Prior

When you are physically active, your body will become more fit and will look fantastic. Exercise is extremely important to keep your body healthy. It becomes even more important as we get older. Physical activity promotes health and helps reduce your risk of disease. It lowers your risk of heart disease and obesity; helps your bones stay healthy and strengthens muscles and joints. Exercise is also important for your mental health by improving memory and concentration.Physical activity reduces the risk of diabetes and colon cancer, and helps to lower high blood pressure. It helps to improve mood swings and instills confidence. And, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Already, you can see how important it is to keep your body moving.

More and more people are becoming more active. This lifestyle choice is keeping mortality rates at a lower level. Estimates show that 40% of women in the United States are now engaged in some type of regular exercise. If you’re one of them, keep up the good work! If not…get moving!

How much exercise is needed?

You don’t have to be an all-star athlete to get healthy benefits from exercise. It takes a smaller amount of activity that you’d think to keep your body healthy. So, if you’re not exercising because you don’t have enough time for long workouts, find another excuse! You only need to exercise for 30 minutes three times a week. And, it doesn’t have to be all at one time. You can break it down to 10 minute workouts several times a day.

You also don’t need to go to a gym or have fancy equipment for exercise to be effective. Go for a walk or ride your bicycle. Play tag with the kids. Just start moving. I don’t believe a “formal” exercise program is necessary as long as you’re active. Gardening, walking, climbing stairs, swimming and jogging can all improve your health. For beginners, 5 to 10 minutes of exercise a few times a week is a good place to start.

There are three types of exercise.

A complete fitness program includes three different types of exercise according to the American Council of Exercise.

1. Aerobic exercise uses large muscle groups in a continuous, rhythmic fashion for sustained periods of time. The exercise has to be for a long enough period to get the heart and lungs pumping blood and oxygen throughout the body. Dancing, swimming and running are all aerobic activities.

2. Muscular strength and endurance conditioning includes the use of weights or weight lifting. All major muscle groups (arms, chest, back, stomach, hips and legs) are used. These types of weight-bearing exercises are especially important for strengthening bones and preventing the development of osteoporosis. Walking is considered a weight-bearing exercise as well as an aerobic exercise, so you get “two for one” just by taking a walk!

3. Flexibility means stretching that involves all major muscle groups. You should stretch your muscles before and after each aerobic activity to warm up (and cool down) your muscles. This helps prevent painful cramping.

If you haven’t been physically active for a while, start out slow and work your way up to more vigorous exercises. You can prevent injuries by taking this precaution. But, DO start moving! The sooner you start, the sooner you will see results.

: article by Jude Wright

Exercise has become a way of life for many people, and at the same time others are looking to get started with an exercise program. It is important for everyone, regardless of the stage their at, to include the best exercises for overall health and fitness in their routines.Time has proven that there are some exercises that are generally better than others, and there are a few that are considered the best. We all owe it to ourselves, family, and friends to take care of the only body we have been given. Instead of feeling defeated, you can get stated today using the best exercises to make a permanent and positive change in your life.

Walking

Walking is free, it can be done anywhere, and it gets results. Long understood as one of the best exercises around, walking is effective for every one. Walking works in many ways by burning calories, boosting the body’s metabolism, and toning/strengthening muscles. Considered one of the best aerobic exercises, you should not ignore this exercise.

Pushups

Whether doing pushups with a straight leg of bended knee, numerous muscles are used to include the triceps, pectoral muscles, abdominal muscles, back, and legs. Lying face down on the floor with the palms flat down about shoulder width apart, the entire body is lowered down and raised. To make it easier, bend the knees as well as raise and lower the body. This is one of the best exercises because it also increases stamina.

Sit Ups

Another of the best exercises you can do is the old-fashioned sit up. For this, the arm, back, and abdominal muscles are used. This starts by lying down on your back keeping the knees bent and feet placed flat on the floor. Crossing your arms across the chest, you would then raise the body up so the chest touches the knees, followed by lowering the body back down to the starting position.

Jump Rope

Jumping rope is listed as one of the best exercises for cardiovascular health this is free and easy to do. With this exercise, choose the right length of rope for your height. Then, literally start jumping, starting with two minutes and working your way up to 30 minutes. This exercise utilizes the calf and thigh muscles.

Squats

The last of our best exercises is squats, which can be done by beginner or advanced workout enthusiasts. Standing upright, you want to bend the knees while keeping the arms stretched out parallel to the floor. Slowly, bend the knees until the thighs become parallel to the floor. For the more advanced person, a weight bar or actual weights can be used. In this case, the weights are placed across the shoulders and behind the neck.

: article by Brooks Donner

It seems most people today are uninformed when it comes to exercising and still seem to be slogging it out at gyms and getting little back in return. Exercising correctly for fat loss isn’t difficult and certainly doesn’t require hours at a gym or elaborate and expensive equipment. In fact, you can achieve much quicker results using no equipment at all and just exercising at home using just your own bodyweight. Here’s why you should change you thinking when it comes to reaching for the nearest piece of exercise equipment:

Bodyweight exercises get quicker results

Training using just your bodyweight is more demanding than you may think and forces your body to naturally stabilise itself utilising more muscles. Using more muscles means that you burn more calories as each individual muscle requires energy to work. Why spend time exercising just a few muscles when you can hit over 600 of them at a time?

Moreover, if bodyweight exercises are performed at the correct intensity you can create lots of EPOC (Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumpion) leading to fat burning for up to 48 hours after exercise. With only so many hours in the day and limited amounts of workout time the more calories you can burn after exercise the better. If performed at the correct times it is possible to raise your metabolism and be burning calories constantly throughout the week whilst only training 3 times for 20 minutes.

Bodyweight exercises are natural & safe

From the first few months that we are born we start learning how to control and use our own bodyweight, this includes rolling over, moving around on all fours standing up, balancing on one leg, walking, running, climbing etc. During all these times of evolution we never once use external resistance to get stronger; it is only in later life that we look for alternatives or short cuts to improving our health.

Development through pure bodyweight exercise is the most natural form of exercise that you can do and your body will reward you for it. You will improve your balance, strength, burn unwanted fat and energise yourself all without risk of injury because it is natural. Being able to control, balance, and move your own bodyweight is the most natural thing that you can do. Anybody that cannot take control of their own bodyweight has no right even considering lifting a weight, whether that’s a dumbbell, barbell, ankle weight, medicine ball or kettlebell !

Bodyweight workouts are less time consuming

Let’s be honest who wants to be make their way to a gym, find parking, get changed, deal with all the distractions, sort out lockers etc. Bodyweight training requires no equipment and can be done at home or during your lunch break or whilst on holiday in only 20 minutes. This not only means that it is less time consuming but also you are less likely to make up excuses as to why you can’t workout that day. With bodyweight training there are no excuses, no matter where you are!! You have a training program for life!!

: article by Greg Brookes

If you are going to the gym and spending too much time while not getting the results you deserve, then you probably aren’t using the right exercises.Over my 16 years of training and training men and women for fat loss, I’ve stumbled across the “Big 5” movements that must be used in a total-body fat burning, muscle-building workout.

The “Big 5” movements are guaranteed to boost your metabolism and help you lose belly fat. If you don’t have these types of exercises in your program, then you are wasting your time and money when trying to lose fat.

So I designed this workout around the Big 5, and put them into a circuit to help you get more results in less time. But first, let’s go over the Big 5 fat burning exercises…

Actually, let me clarify something. The Big 5 are not specific exercises. Instead, they are specific movements, but this allows for a huge number of exercises to be used, and therefore a lot of variety in your workouts. And don’t forget, variety is one of the 3 main principles that explain why the short, burst exercise workouts work so well.

Here are the Big 5 movements, starting with the most important of them all.

1) Squat movements

This could be a barbell squat to a dumbbell squat, it could be a deadlift because that’s the same type of movement, or it could even be a kettlebell or dumbbell swing, which is becoming a very popular exercise these days.

Kettlebells are becoming more popular for fat-burning because it’s just that movement of pushing your hips back, bending you knees, and dropping your body. You’re moving your entire body there.

The squat movement allows you to do a lot of mechanical work which is one of the keys to burning a lot of calories. So that’s the first movement in the “Big 5”. Always start your Big 5 workouts with a squat.

Please note: Lunges and split-squats also qualify as a “Squat-type” movement, even though you will also be able to use them in the Single-Leg Exercise category below. Sometimes the lines blur between movement types for such great multi-muscle exercises.

2) Pushing exercises

The next exercise to use is any type of push-up or dumbbell press or bench press or even standing shoulder press. Again, very large amount of muscle to be used in those exercises that burn a lot of calories.

Plus, using the “non-compete” principle of the short, burst exercises, by using a pushing exercise next, we let our leg muscles recover (and often our grip strength too, depending on the first movement used).

3) Pulling exercises

The next movement is any type of pulling exercise, so it could be rowing or pull-ups, dumbbell rows, seated rows, anything in a pulling motion is going to work a lot of musculature so a lot of your upper back, some of your arms, your lats, and even a little bit of your lower back if you keep that – by holding yourself in that static upright position.

This is a powerful fat burning, muscle-building movement. You could even use the deadlift at this time because it is a pulling movement. Again, often the lines blur between movement types for such great multi-muscle exercises.

And at this time, you’d have gotten about 80-90% of your results. So if you are really crunched for time, you could stick to only the first 3 movement patterns. But if you want to put the finishing touches on your body and rev up your metabolism even more, then you’ll need the last 2 pieces of the Big 5 circuit.

4) Single leg exercises

This could be a dumbbell lunge or split squat or a reverse lunge or a single leg squat, anything that works one leg at a time. Because you’re using the lower body, it’s a lot of musculature.

This is a tricky movement to do right after the Pulling movement, because your grip strength will be fatigued from the rowing or chin-ups or whatever you did. So try to use a bodyweight only single-leg exercise, such as the 1- leg squat or 1-leg lying hip extension.

This would also be a great place for a single-leg stability ball leg curl, or a single-leg exercise holding the barbell across your back. If you must use a dumbell exercise, choose the Bulgarian Split Squat or DB Step-up because less weight is needed than for lunges or split squats (and therefore less competition for grip occurs).

5) Total body ab exercises

The final movement in the Big 5 circuit could be anything from a mountain climber to a stability ball rollout, it could be using the old infomercial gadget – the Ab Wheel since that works great – or it could be a hanging knee raise. Alternatives include cable chops and cable crunches if you have access to cables in a gym.

But you’ll notice these aren’t just basic crunches. Instead, you’re working your arms, legs, and torso. That’s why you must use a total-body ab exercise to finish off the Big 5 circuit workout.

Those are all the exercises that you could use for the Big 5 movements.

Fortunately, you have an endless variety of exercises and set-ups that you can choose.

If you did those exercises, you would have a total body workout, you’d have an incredible muscle-building, fat-burning, metabolism-boosting training session and if you did that type of stuff 3 days per week and maybe did your interval training after each circuit you’d lose a lot of belly fat. Man, it would just melt right off!

That’s my Big 5 exercise movement system for building a better body.

If you want to burn fat, you want to build muscle, and you want results that are absolutely guaranteed, implement the Big 5 into your workout today.

To recap, here are the Big 5 Movements:

Squat

Push

Pull

Single Leg Exercise

Total Body Ab Exercise

: article by Craig Ballantyne

Every one of us knows that they should exercise. The problem when kickstarting your own weight loss program is not what to do, so much as how to do it. Throughout the process of losing weight, I have discovered five important aspects of exercising that are a crucial part of weight loss, and when used together, can lead to a great workout that will knock the pounds off of anybody.

Intense Cardio

When it comes to shedding pounds and keeping up a healthy heart, nothing can be said for cardio exercise. If you are the type of person that measures how well your weight loss is going by how much you sweat, then make sure to include this type of workout into your program. This includes walking, running, bicycling, swimming, etc. Anything that’s gets the heart pumping and makes your lungs work harder, is definitely something to include. Thirty minutes a day is said to be plenty to get your body going, and when you begin to lose weight you will be able to add on to this time. In fact I recommend an hour to an hour and a half for a really great workout, but it is best to start slowly so as not to overload the body.

Muscle Toning

Even though cardio is something you can’t exercise without, it is also very necessary to include some muscle toning. Muscle is better at burning calories than fat, so the faster you convert that fat into muscle, the closer you will be to your ideal weight. There are multiple ways to tone your muscles, including leg lifts for your thighs, bicep curls, pull ups, push ups, etc., and they can be used in many different ways to maximize fat burn.

Crunches vs. Sit-ups

It was said years ago that sit-ups tend to make your back ache and give you muscle cramps without necessarily toning your stomach. Then the world discovered crunches. A similar maneuver to sit-ups, crunches tend to burn fat better and lessen any back aches that may be associated with toning your stomach. (If done correctly) Even if you encounter mild back pain, the benefits of crunches far outweigh the pain that might come up. You can do crunches from all sides of your stomach to get that belly in shape, all the while decreasing your appetite because of a smaller stomach. So essentially you kill two birds with one stone.

Music Will Set You Free

No one ever said you had to be in complete silence when you exercise. A good beat can liven up any activity, and by listening to some tunes, you almost forget that you are exercising. Now I know that some people like to listen to the sounds around them when they exercise, but not everybody can clear their mind enough to help with the pain. Yes, exercise will start out painful, but it will get easier the more that you do it. Music is a great tool to use in overcoming the pain and the doubts because it helps you ignore your body, which will be putting up a fight against the exercise. Remember your body isn’t use to this yet, and it will try to stop any change that you are trying to make even if it is for your benefit. Music is your best friend in this battle, so put on those head phones and shake it until you sweat.

Exercise Can Make You Gain

In closing, I just want to remind you that exercise is the key if you want to maximize your weight loss effort. However, there will come a time when exercise will cause you to gain weight, but when this happens it is actually a good thing. Muscle weighs more than fat, so when you gain it means that you are successfully converting fat into muscle, which will then lead to more significant weight loss. So if you do see yourself gaining, remind yourself that your fat is becoming muscle and you are on your way to faster, more efficient weight loss.

: article by Erica Gentner