8 Easy Exercises for Weight Loss and Fitness

Exercise doesn't have to be hard, In fact, easy exercise is more sustainable over a long period of time than rigorous exercises. Many people get intimidated and fall under the false assumption that they need to be in the gym non-stop doing intense workouts to see results. However, that isn't the case. Exercise should be both fun and beneficial for your body, your mind, and your mood. As long as you are working out regularly and maintaining a healthy diet, consistently doing easy exercise is just as effective. Try these easy exercise tips for weight loss and fitness:

Lifting Weights

Lifting weights is one of the best ways you can lose weight. Not only does the weight allow you to build muscle, it also boosts your metabolism. It is a proven fact that people with more muscle burn more calories, even when they are just sitting on the couch. You do not have to lift 100 pound weights over your head and pop veins in your head, you just need to get toned by lifting lighter weights repetitively to build lean muscles and get both the internally and external benefits.

Cycling

Whether you prefer a longer ride at a slower pace or an intense sweat session in spin class, cycling is an easy exercise for your joints to handle in the long run. The best part about cycling is that it can be done at any pace and still results in a joint-friendly exercise that can be enjoyed by anyone, no matter what skill, intensity, or age level.

Kickboxing

This combination of martial arts, music, and cardio may not be the easiest exercise in the list, but it is an exceptional fat blaster and is a lot of fun. While this is a fast-paced workout it can arguably be called an easy exercise as you do not have to do it for a long period of time in order to get results. The average calories burned during 60 minutes of kick boxing? 750 calories! not too bad for an hour's worth of work huh?

Zumba What could be more fun and easy than zumba!? For those of you who are the dancing type, or even if you are not much of a dancer, zumba is an easy exercise that gets you up and moving with friends at your house or in a group class. Many people even themselves laughing during Zumba, making the core workout even more effective!

Running and Jogging

Jogging and running are both great ways to work your entire body and melt away the pounds. Long distance running is great for burning calories, but throwing in a few sprints helps blast fat and speed up your weight loss. To keep things simple, you can go on long jog one day and then switch it up with sprints the next day to vary your routine and keep your muscles working.

Step Aerobics

Doing step aerobics is a great way to lose weight while toning your body. It works mainly on your legs, thighs and backside. Step aerobics can be done right in the comfort of your home. All you need is one stair step to get started. If your home does have stairs, you can purchase an aerobic stair step at a local sports shop. If you’re a beginner, you might benefit from watching a step aerobic DVD as you exercise.

Jumping Rope

Jumping rope is a great way to get in shape and lose weight. You can easily burn 300 calories by jumping rope for 30 minutes. Your will experience the benefits of a full body workout. Not only will jumping rope support your weight loss efforts, but it also improves cardiovascular fitness. You can purchase a quality jumprope for as little as five dollars. Many people jump rope in their front lawns or driveways. Keep a jumprope and a pair of athletic shoes in your car so that you’ll be able to jump rope just about anywhere at anytime, including during your lunch hour.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi exercise has been describes as meditation in motion because it focuses on improving your state of mind along with your body fitness. Tai Chi involves slow deliberate movements and is suitable for people of all fitness levels and ages. Tai Chi exercises can even be done from a seated chair position. Remove stress from your body and mind while you get fit with Tai Chi.

One of the hardest things about weight loss and exercise, even easy exercise, is being consistent. Try the two-day rule; never go more than two days in a row without exercise. We are all very busy, so for many of us it’s difficult to find time to workout every day, but every two days is a more realistic goal. Another important part of staying fit is doing they typeof exercise that you actually enjoy!

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