If weight loss is your goal then you should know that a healthy diet with regular exercise is key.
Now, there are plenty of articles available on what you should be eating, but what about exercise?
There are ways that you can get the most out of your workouts, here are some of the best methods you can try.
#1: Do something you enjoy
If you want to see results from exercise then you need to do it regularly, which will certainly be difficult if you are not enjoying it.
This is why I would recommend you choosing an exercise you actually enjoy doing.
There are so many exercise options, if you try a few you will find one you love eventually.
#2: Don’t worry about how many calories you’re burning
There are many more factors and benefits to exercise than just calorie burning, so if you are focussing on only that one aspect then you are not going to see the best results.
Many of these machines that track your calorie output are not accurate anyway, so just enjoy the workout and focus on form and intensity instead.
#3: Intensity is important
To experience the full benefits of exercise you have to put a little bit of effort in.
If you are just going through the motions and not even working up a sweat then it is unlikely that the exercise has done much for you.
Personally I am a fan of HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training, which is a short and sharp burst of intense exercise.
This is ideal for those of you who do not have much time to exercise, as you could potentially burn off hundreds of calories in just a few minutes.
#4: Any exercise is better than no exercise
Although HIIT is a favourite of mine, not everyone will be able to do it. Especially not on a consistent basis.
As there are so many forms of exercise available then you should perform that instead. Like I have said already, you must enjoy the exercise first of all. So if you love walking you should do that.
Just make sure you are pushing yourself. Try to set new goals for each workout, whether it means time exercised, or distance covered.
#5: Perform strength training
Purely cardio workouts have their place, but to get the most out of your exercise I would not rely entirely on them.
Strength training is a great way to burn off calories, and can help build muscle that will increase your overall RMR or Resting Metabolic Rate.
What this means is that the more muscle mass you have the higher your metabolism, so the more calories you are able to burn even while resting.
#6: Include exercises that target many muscles
To save valuable time and to ensure you work many different muscles I would suggest that you look at compound exercises.
These are exercises such as the squat. Or you should incorporate two exercises into one, such as a bicep curl while lunging.
#7: Stretch before you workout
Cold muscles are more prone to injury to make sure that before you workout you spend a minute or two warming up and stretching out your muscles.
You could even perform a cool down at the end of your workout too, stretch during this period too. This can help reduce recovery times between workouts.
#8: You must be consistent
Hard work and consistency is what you need for success, so even if you are not seeing the results you may expect you should still continue to work just as hard.
As the old saying goes, “Rome was not built in a day”.
#9: Don’t forget your diet
As mentioned at the very start of this article, both diet and exercise is needed for weight loss. So if you are exercising regularly and not seeing results perhaps you need to look more closely at what you are eating.
You cannot out-train a bad diet, so make sure you give yourself the best chance of success by eating as healthily as possible.