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Jul 12, 2011

5 Best Exercises For Weight Loss

We humans have become so obsessed with our physical appearance that we want some “expert” to tell us exactly what to do to get a flat stomach, round butt, or huge pecs. Unfortunately the best exercises for weight loss depend largely on you.
[This guy can shout you into a thinner body, but what will you do when he's not around?] 
The best exercises for weight loss have a little do with what works for weight loss, but most of it is what you’re willing to do and how frequently you’re willing to do it.
Keep reading to choose which 3 of the 5 best exercises for weight loss you’ll try this week!

Best Exercise #1: Any Exercise You’ll Do

I know it seems as though I’m being a smarty pants but the truth is that adding more physical activity into your life will help you meet your weight loss goals. This means that the best exercises for weight loss are the physical activities you either most enjoy or are most likely to do regularly.
There is no magic equation of exercises that’ll guarantee weight loss. But by eating less (pssst…calorie deficit info right here) AND adding more exercise to your life, weight loss will occur…trust us.

Best Exercise #2: Cardio

While some people prefer interval training to cardio, both are excellent for weight loss. Interval training includes some of the best exercises for weight loss because they keep you and your body interested in working out. Cardio is great because it burns fat and helps keep your heart healthy…an important factor for anyone overweight.
Cardio is one of the best exercises for weight loss however because so many sports are included in cardio. Playing sports–whether its tennis basketball or soccer–will keep your heart pumping as you play to win while you lose weight.
[There are so many cardio exercises to choose from that there really is no excuse NOT to get moving!]
Walking is a great cardio exercise for weight loss, especially for beginners. It lets you get out and stretch your legs while slowly getting your body in shape for the real workouts!

Best Exercise #3: Strength Training

Strength training exercises do just that, improve overall strength while also increasing your metabolism. Burning fat and building muscle at the same time is exactly why strength training is one of the best exercises for weight loss around.
The best thing about strength training is that you can choose which method will best help you achieve your goals. Weight training can help when your goal is to lose fat and build a lot of muscle, while resistance training focuses more on burning and sculpting. Isometric training helps joint angles become stronger, which we all need regardless of our weight loss goals.
Finding the right combination of the best strength training exercises for weight loss will be crucial in your ability to exercise regularly.

Best Exercise #4: Regular Exercise

Again this seems like a smarty pants response yet somehow it too is totally true! Whatever exercises you choose to perform for weight loss, you must perform them regularly to experience weight loss. Creating a calorie deficit requires diet and REGULAR exercise each week.
If you get bored with your current exercises for weight loss, try some different ones. If you’re tired of running, give tennis or racquetball a try…it gives you something to chase! If your weight lifting routine gets stale, consider circuit training for weight loss.

Best Exercise #1: Exercises With A Buddy!

I received this advice way back in 4th grade gym class: always use the buddy system. Back then it gave me an excuse to sit next to Suzie, but now it helps get me motivated to workout when I’m feeling…less than motivated.
[Grab a buddy and get moving if weight loss is your goal. We can't do it all alone!]
The best exercises for weight loss are exercises that get done, plain and simple. If you need an uber-chipper friend to get you going in winter months when it’s still dark during early morning hours…get a workout buddy! Besides, working out with a friend gives you some much needed bonding time and something to look forward to a few days a week.
Let your competitive streak drive you to win when you challenge your buddy to a game or a race. Losers buy post-workout smoothies…or even better loser makes healthy smoothies at home!
The point I’m trying to make is that the best exercises for weight loss are the ones that you do regularly, which are probably the ones you enjoy most. Rather than getting discouraged by your boredom, simply change it up until you find workouts that work for your weight loss goals.
If you’re tired of trying to find exercises that work for weight loss AND healthy meals to create a calorie deficit, read our review of Eat Stop Eat and let your body take a vacation from eating for awhile.

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