The good news is that you do not need the gym for weight loss workouts. Some people have a fear of the gym particularly if they are not used to the equipment. For others, they simply don’t want other people looking at them when they are exercising. This was my fear until I realised that most people down the gym are too busy getting fit to pay anyone else any attention.
Exercise is a great way to become healthier. The more muscle you build the faster your metabolism becomes. But you should always seek your doctor’s opinion before embarking on workouts especially if you are severally overweight.
Try and find an exercise you enjoy. You are far more likely to do it and it will be easier to add that weight loss workout to your overall lifestyle. There are countless types of fitness activities that you can try. riding a bike is a great way to workout providing you do it regularly. And a gentle bike through the park is not sufficient. You need to be biking up and down hills to really get the benefit from this program.
Aerobics may suit some people although be warned as it can be heavy going on your joints. Be sure to attend a class held by a qualified teacher and ask to start with low impact exercises. Always choose the right gear particularly your gym shoes as you need to protect your body. It is not a great calorie burner though despite the fact that you can end up sweating a lot. You would use up more calories climbing the stairs a lot at home.
Swimming is a great exercise if you are worried about your joints or have an injury which affects your ability to work out. You won’t lose a lot of calories unless you work really hard but it is great for your heart and lungs.
You could try combining swimming and aerobics i.e. aquarobics. The water adds an element of resistance. This should help you to tone up quicker but only if the instructor makes you work harder. Gentle classes are not your goal at the moment!
Pilates is a fantastic exercise for those looking for weight loss workouts. The simple mechanics of Pilates make you stand straighter; this automatically makes you look like you have lost weight. Good instructors will help you to advance to more specific Pilates moves to help you tone more quickly without causing injury.
Walking is a great way to get some free exercise. Buy a cheap pedometer to keep track of those steps. You want to aim for at least 10,000 per day. Swinging your arms as you walk will encourage you to walk faster and thus burn more calories. We are not looking at going for a gentle stroll. Leave that to the older folk. Walking helps prevent heart disease and stroke.
There are so many choices available for weight loss workouts; you will easily find one to suit your needs.