Thursday, February 12, 2009

Types Of Exercises


Once the basics are clear, it is now time to decide which is the best exercise for weight loss. While there are a lot of exercises you can go in for, it is important to remember that the best exercise is always something that you not only enjoy doing for at least 30-60 minutes, but it should also make you sweat a little. Even little activities such as playing with your kids for an hour will help you lose those extra kilos, while preventing your kids from becoming obese as well.Other suggested activities can include playing golf without the help of a golf cart. Playing 18 holes without the cart will really make you sweat it out and if done on a regular basis, combined with other exercises, can do wonders for your weight loss program.


Walking is perhaps the most effective exercise for losing weight. While many believe that walking is simply not challenging enough, it is in fact exactly the opposite. Walking speeds up the body's metabolism, which continues for nearly 2-4 hours after you have stopped walking. This continued fast rate of metabolism in the body burns up fat rapidly.Walking is also the easiest exercise to do as not only can you do it anywhere, but it also does not require any special equipment. Adding some of these extra techniques while walking can help your metabolic rate even further:

-Pump your arms as you walk.
-Shorten your stride as you increase your speed.
-Stand up straight while walking. Make sure that you are not slumping.
-Walk briskly.
-Drink sufficient amounts of water before, during and after walking.

Walking will not only help you reduce weight, but it will also meet your cardiovascular exercising requirements.

Stationary Cycling

Stationary cycling is also an excellent method of weight loss exercise. Stationary cycling or biking works in a similar manner as walking, in that it impacts the rate of metabolism in the body. Stationary cycling helps the body burn fat at a faster rate. Cycling at home also gives you the opportunity to either catch up on your reading while cycling, or even watching TV, listening to music, etc. So you can do it at your own leisure and yet achieve good weight loss results.


Aerobics are a set of rhythmic exercises which generally focuses on the large muscles of the body. This type of exercises are usually done while the music playing and you move your body according to the music. Being a cardiovascular workout, aerobics augments muscle strength, muscle coordination, and mobility, while boosting functional and physiological capacities.
There are several types of aerobic classes which are offered, and it is best to talk to the instructor beforehand in order to choose the one which is best suited for your purpose. Classes vary depending on the level of intensity, the level of impact required, timings, etc. Avoid doing aerobics everyday, and preferably stick to doing to it every alternative day, achieving a maximum of five to six days per week.

While exercising is the key to losing weight, it is also important that you do not overstress your body. Sufficient rest is very important for your body and gives it the time needed to recuperate. Also ensure that you are getting at least seven hours of sleep at night and don't forget to take care of what you are eating.

A healthy diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, combined with proper commitment to exercising is the key to losing weight.

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