We see it headlining magazines as we stand in line at the grocery store or CVS. If I had a dime for every person who asked me about it, I wouldn't be wealthy (it's only a 10 cents, after all), but I could make a dent in some debt.
What is the best exercise for weight loss?
Well, there is no one exercise that will be the best for weight loss. Running, for example, can help you lose a little, but you'll stop losing at some point. Arm exercises, which most people gravitate to at the gym, don't help at all. Crunches? While they target your abs, they won't help you lose weight.
So what should you do?
Short answer: A full body workout that incorporates your entire body, with an intensity level that will tax your muscles enough that your body will need to expend energy (i.e. burn calories) after exercising to repair and grow the muscles.
Of course, you need to fuel your body with the right foods, but that's another blog article altogether.
I do like longer workouts with weights, the ones where I am working on getting stronger and improving my form. Yes, they are good for losing weight, but they aren't specific for that goal.
For weight loss, you may want to try the quicker version of weight lifting. By "quick" I mean 15 to 30 minutes of a high intensity, high volume workout, such as an AMRAP (As Many Reps/Rounds As Possible [or Pretty, because who wants sloppy reps]}, Tabata, rest based training, or a timed circuit.
When doing these higher intensity quick workouts, you want to make sure you choose a weight that is challenging. Using a low weight to make sure you can get through the exercise ok will only work on your muscle's endurance. You want to challenge your body so it can use more energy to repair and recover after the workout is done.
I include these types of quick workouts at the end of my clients' sessions. I like to work on strength and movement first, and then hit them with these metabolic finishers. I also have some of these workouts on the client portal, so that my clients can keep up their workouts and goals when not working directly with me.
If you are interested in learning more about these metabolic quick workouts, come join us at StrongGirl Revolution! We provide the guidance and support to make you stronger, healthier, help you move better. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions about our program.
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