Often times, it is difficult to find the energy and drive to exercise when you are overweight, and it is easy to come up with excuses. Organizing your day to fit in at least 30 minutes of physical activity is an achievable goal and a great start to a healthier life. Here are a few exercises to get you working toward losing those extra pounds.
Low Impact Cardio
Cardio training or aerobic activity significantly sheds fat as these types of exercises use fat as their primary source of fuel. Low impact exercises are a good start when beginning your weight loss journey because they keep you from hurting your joints. Some low impact cardio exercises to get started are:
- Walking (burns 300-400 calories per hour)
- Cycling (burns ~ 600 calories per hour)
- Swimming and water aerobics (burns ~ 600 calories per hour)
Strength training is your next step to a healthier and stronger body. Once you have begun to lose the extra pounds, it is time to work on your muscles. Strength training builds lean muscles which then leads to your much desired healthy body composition. In addition to looking good, your metabolic rate will increase and will also help you burn more calories. There are weight training machines designed for strength training. Here are a few for you to explore:
- Seated chest press
- Lateral pulldown
- Shoulder press
- Leg press
- Leg extensions
- Leg curls
Adding more physical activity to your daily life is also a great way to begin living a healthier and more active lifestyle. Taking the easy way out is not an option anymore. Walking up and down stairs instead of using elevators and escalators can help you add more activity to your daily routine. Consider parking farther away from your destination when running errands to squeeze more steps into your day.
At PumpFit Club, we host fast-paced high intensity interval training (HIIT) group classes that can take your fitness game to an all new level. HIIT is the quickest route to burn fat, and can help raise your metabolic rate. Talk with your doctor and a physical fitness expert before beginning any intense exercise program. When you’re set, we offer a variety of classes and schedules to help meet your needs. Contact us today and find out how to get a free class!