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Best Exercise for Weight Loss

What is the best exercise for weight loss?  It seems that everybody has an opinion on which one it is.  Naturally, any exercise is good for you and can help you slim and tone your body — a good thing!

However, some exercises are more useful than others; meaning that they will show results faster.  What are these exercises to lose weight?

Strength Training

You may want to include  strength training as one of the tips in your battle to lose weight.

Strength training is just about building muscles.  Guys, this may mean getting ripped.  Ladies, this may mean just getting sleek (and looking great in that little black dress).

You can join a gym, buy exercise equipment or simply use resistance bands to build and tone your muscles.  What you choose depends on your ultimate goals and what your pocketbook will allow.

Strength training helps to lose weight by increasing your muscles, which turns around and boosts your metabolism.  With a boosted metabolism, you use more calories even when you’re sleeping!

Aerobic Exercise

Of course aerobic exercise also belongs in your exercise “diet”.  Aerobic activity uses up calories faster than does strength training, although may or may not boost your base metabolism (depends on what aerobic exercise you are doing).

Jogging and bicycle riding are obviosly two of the more popular aerobic activities.  Others include swimming, walking, formal classes, elliptical equipment and more.

Some more unique aerobic exercises can be found on DVDs, and include hula dancing, belly dancing, ball routines and a host of others; let your imagination guide you!

Best Exercise for Weight Loss

In reality, the best exercise for weight loss involves combining the two methods — do some strength training to raise your metabolism, and some aerobics to burn calories fast.

Pick the mix that’s right for you, as well as the exercises that appeal to you most.  And enjoy a trimmer body!

Shape Up in 15 Minutes a Day

In my previous post, I talked about saggy skin on your face, and how you can combat it with Facercises.  Now let’s talk about the rest of your body.

Summer is coming, and that means more revealing clothes — shorts, bathing suits, short sleeves and tank tops.  If you’re like me, you avoid all of them!  (Well, maybe except for the short sleeves.)  Maybe now is the time to do something about it.

Yes, I know — exercise is not my favorite thing in the world.  And I’m limited in what I can do because of the sciatica (although that is getting better as I lose the weight).  And I don’t have much time to spare in my days.  So, does this sound familiar — something like you?

I think I may have found something that even I can do, and in 15 minutes a day.  Low impact, and inexpensive.  So, I had to investigate.  I have to do something, especially since my weight loss has slowed way down — time to add at least a tiny bit of exercise.

So, I bought Denise Austin’s book Sculpt Your Body with Balls and Bands: Shed Pounds and Get Firm in 12 Minutes a Day.  What did I have to lose?

Anyway, Denise explains how you can use a balance ball and some resistance bands to tone and trim your body.  Get your metabolism revved up some.  De-sag your muscles with exercises that attack your problem spots, whatever they are.

Denise’s book is well laid out and easy to follow.  The exercises themselves are demonstrated in photos that show the exercises from start to finish.  So far, so good.  She even has sample exercise routines that cover your whole body — or you can design your own workout with her guidance.

Ok — 12 minutes a day.  Low impact.  Inexpensive.  Meets my criteria.

So, I’m going to give it a shot.  I’ll take my measurements tomorrow and start the exercises.  I’ll post my results at 2 week intervals.  I’ve slowed down to 1/2 pound a week on my diet alone, so let’s see what this does — will I start losing weight faster again?

Why not join me?  Get a copy of the book at your local bookstore, or order it online (use the link above).  Same thing with the balance ball and resistance bands — go to a sports store and grab some, or order your stability ball and stretch band set online, too (use the links).

It’s 12 minutes a day.  Your body is worth it.  Low impact, inexpensive and you can do it in the privacy of your own home.  Let’s do it together and post your results!  Join in anytime — I’d love to have you try it and get your opinion, too.