Best Exercises for Weight Loss

Best Exercises for Weight Loss

measuring tape in a hand

It is true that you don’t need to spend a fortune or invest a lot of time to lose weight.  You can do this in the comfort of your own home. There are a few important things to know!  I am going to share some of the best exercises for weight loss.  In my opinion, resistance bands are one of the best pieces of workout equipment out there and can be used for all exercise. Let me share how you can incorporate resistance bands into your workout to help you lose weight. 

What are the best exercises for weight loss? Let me tell you about 3 types of training and what I find works best.

1. Strength Training

2. Cardio Training

3. Circuit Training

Strength Training

Muscular upper body

Strength training is a physical exercise that specializes in building muscular strength.  Strength training uses resistances to work muscles.  Since your body is comprised of muscles that help you push and pull you need to do exercises that work these muscles.

Strength training helps boosts your metabolism, burn calories and builds lean muscle which in the end helps burn more fat and calories when you are at a resting state.  It takes the body more calories to maintain muscles than it does to maintain fat.  You can burn calories for hours or days after your workout.  Of course, proper eating is an important factor too.

Strength training is easy with resistance bands.  As you stretch the band the resistance increases.  Because resistance bands come in different resistances you can increase the amount of resistance by changing to a different band or using more than one band at a time.  By adding extra resistance, it means a greater challenge for your muscles and results in more calories burned. Check out the video to view some muscle building exercises you can do with your bands.

Cardio Training

getting ready to run

Cardio is short for cardiovascular which refers to  your heart.  Your heart is a muscle.  Exercising your heart makes it stronger! Cardio training consists of exercises that raise your heart rate and keeps it elevated for a period of time. It is often referred to as aerobic training. Some popular aerobic training can include running, swimming, cycling, playing a sport, and etc.  You can also make your strength training program a cardio workout as well.

A resistance band is an excellent affordable and portable piece of fitness equipment.  Change up the exercises you do to keep challenging your body. As long as you get your heart rate up you’ll be burning calories.  The higher the intensity of your workout, the more calories you’ll burn.  Cardio training is the fastest way to burn calories during your workout session.   Check out this video to see how you can incorporate resistance bands into your cardio workout that will help burn those calories!

Circuit Training

women doing a squat with a resistance band

In my experience, circuit training is the quickest way to lose weight.   Circuit training is combining strength training and cardio in one workout.  Typically you perform between 5-10 different exercises.  It’s suggested that you perform 10-12 repetitions of each exercise before moving on to the next.   Once you complete the entire circuit, rest for a short time up to 60 seconds before repeating the circuit. You should work to complete the circuit at least three times.

When you are choosing your exercises you want to choose intense exercises that are targeting multiple muscles at once.  High-intensity intervals vary low and high intensity exercises to shock your body into burning fat. Circuit training allows you to strengthen the body, get your heart rate up and burn calories at the same time!  Here is a resistance band circuit workout that includes 100 reps that hits multiple muscles.  This workout can be done in under 10 minutes!

Try some other workouts that will help weight loss. Have you ever tried an EMOM workout or an AMRAP? Share some of your favorite types of workouts below.

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