Cardio and strength training are great exercises commonly used for weight loss, among other reasons. But what many people in weight loss programs fail to realize is that there are many other exercises that can help in weight loss. Exercising alone can be a little stressful, especially for beginners, as it requires time, effort and determination. Doing the same routine over and over again can leave you bored, uninspired and unmotivated, which is the last thing you want. Everyone trying to lose weight will always need one or two things to keep them moving and not to give up, and engaging in certain exercises can do this trick.
The easiest and simplest moves that may have been underrated are probably the ones that will bring you the greatest gains. They will also give you a break from the continuous tough workouts and let you enjoy your weight loss process while you’re at it. Below are some of these exercises.
This pose helps to strengthen the core and the back, to give you an overall slimmer physique. To do this, lie on your stomach with your toes flat on the floor and your chin on the ground. Now, keep your legs close together with your feet in touch with each other, then stretch your arms in front of you. Inhale deeply, and lift your chest, arms, legs and thighs off the floor.
Push-ups work on the whole body and are critical in shedding pounds and building strength. They also work the muscles around the shoulders to give a better definition on the shoulders, arms and back. To do the basic push-up, get into a high plank position, with your hands firmly on the ground beneath your shoulders. Lower your body, keeping your back flat and your eyes focused on an imaginary object ahead to maintain a natural neck posture. Keep lowering down until your chest grazes the floor, then push back up.
3. Incline walking
Walking benefits the body in a lot of ways, including weight loss. You get more benefits when you walk at an incline, so rather than keeping up with an everyday brisk walk, you can bump up the incline. Step onto the side-rails of the treadmill, start the belt and press the incline arrow on the treadmill console. Increase the incline to 5%, and keep increasing until you reach a challenging point. You can get a fantastic, sweaty and heart-pumping workout by just walking on an incline. Walking also helps to elongate the calf muscles and build longer and leaner legs.
Although these exercises are underrated, they are definitely worth it.
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