If you want to lose weight and tone up then you need to look at what types of exercise you perform as well as what you currently eat.
Often when people decide to lose weight they will make changes to their diet, but for some reason wont spend a second thinking about joining the gym.
Obviously for better results both are required, so what type of workout is best for weight loss?
Cardio for weight loss?
Of course when you first think of exercise you will think about more traditional cardio-based workouts. But spending hour upon hour pounding on the treadmill may not be the best approach to take.
While you will most certainly be burning calories, you are only burning them off while you are performing the exercise.
These types of exercise can be boring for some, and a boring workout is not something that you will want to do very often. So what other options are available?
Weight training for weight loss?
Another option would be weight training, which has been shown to be a more effective alternative to cardio.
There are numerous reasons for this, firstly you will continue to burn calories long after your workout has concluded. Plus as weight training helps to build muscle your RMR or Resting Metabolic Rate will also increase.
This RMR increase will result in you being able to burn off more calories than normal even when you are at rest.
The problem with weight training is that many females believe that it will make them appear masculine, which simply is not true. Your genetics will stop you from gaining too much muscle, but this is what is believed.
Also, as with a cardio workout that can become boring if it is not mixed up, a weight training workout can also be boring.
What about combining the two?
What I would recommend is that you mix up your workouts. Not only to ward off boredom but it can also help to give you better results as your body will be continuously guessing what is coming next.
Kettlebell workouts are also a good option, as this combines both cardio and the weight training aspects.
What makes kettlebell workouts so effective?
With the use of a kettlebell you can reproduce real life movements with resistance, which is what makes them so effective.
You are not just moving up and down, the kettlebell is more of a functional movement that will help use more of your stabiliser muscles than traditional weight training.
In an ACE study it was shown that performing a kettlebell workout twice weekly for 8 weeks could help increase your aerobic capacity by 14% and your abdominal strength by 70%.
What I would recommend if you fancy starting to workout with kettlebell’s to first start off with a light weight. Make sure you get your form correct before moving on to a heavier weight.
You most certainly do not want to go injuring yourself as this will be no good for your weight loss efforts.