Diet tips & advice
The best exercises to lose weight

By increasing your physical activity, you are increasing the number of calories that your body is burning on a daily basis. Exercise combined with a healthy diet is the best way to create the calorie deficit needed to help you lose weight.

Starting your weight loss journey with both exercise and diet in mind is the best and most sustainable approach. It’s always best to start your weight loss journey with both exercise and diet in mind.

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The real trick to finding the best exercise to lose weight is doing a combination of strength and cardio exercise and trying to move more throughout the day.  It’s just as important to find something you truly enjoy. This could be an intense session at the gym for some, an hour of yoga for others or even a brisk walk in the park with your fury friend. It doesn’t really matter what form your activity takes; the important thing is that it gets you up and moving and doesn’t require every inch of your willpower to get you going.

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Cardio is a great way to lose weight, burn fat, maintain your weight or just improve your health. The great thing about cardio is there are a variety of ways to incorporate cardio exercise into your life.

Anything that gets your heart rate up is a form of cardio exercise; the more out of breath the exercise makes you the harder you’re working and the more calories you’ll end up burning. To help boost your weight loss you should push yourself to make these sessions as intense as you can. Great forms of cardio could include anything from running or jogging (even on the spot counts), swimming, rowing, skipping, jumping jacks, burpees, cycling and dancing.

Strength exercises

Whilst strength exercises might not increase your heart rate as much as cardio does, this doesn’t mean it’s not as good for weight loss. Strength training helps you build muscle and muscle burns more calories than fat, therefore simply increasing your muscle mass (by strength training) means you’ll burn more calories per day even at rest.

The best exercise for losing weight is a combination of both cardio and strength exercises. This could be done on separate days or you could do some cardio (e.g. burpees, running on the spot, jumping jacks) in between your strength training sets. It’s important to that you work out the best routine for you.

Strength exercises can include yoga, Pilates, performing exercises using weights or resistance bands or for an equipment free workout easily performed at home you could do body weight exercises such as lunges, squats, push ups, sit ups etc.

Find ways to move more throughout the day

Whilst it’s important that you set aside time to do some exercise and burn those unwanted calories it’s equally important to try and move more throughout the day. So many of us spend a large majority of our day sat down whether that’s at a desk, commuting in a car/train/bus or relaxing at home on the sofa which means we need to try and make sure we move around as much as possible when we can.

Some really easy wins are:

  • Jumping off the bus one stop early,
  • Using the stairs instead of the lift,
  • Going for a walk at lunch time, using a pedometer to track how many steps you do and set yourself a target every day,
  • parking far away from the entrance of your supermarket
  • Or why not grab a coffee with friends and going for a walk instead of sitting in a coffee shop.
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Lastly you might be wondering when’s the best time to exercise? This depends on the type of person you are;

  • if you’re a morning person then why not make the most of that and head to the gym first thing,
  • Alternatively night owls might prefer spending their evening doing a class or heading out for a run. If you choose a time that works for you you’ll be more inclined to stick to it. Plan your week ahead and decide when you’ll do your exercise, if it’s in your diary you’ll be less likely to skip the workout

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