A couple of months ago, I was struggling with my weight issues. I was overweight, did not exercise and as a result, I was lazy and depressed. Finally, after giving myself many hypothetical nudges and pep talks, I set foot in the gym for the first time and after being introduced to fancy machines and fit people all working around me, I decided to never set foot in the gym again! Thankfully that resolution did not last very long and I was back in the gym a couple of weeks later but this time more confident and more eager to work out.
So how did I gain this confidence and how did I make myself ready to lose weight? Well for starters, there were a few basic exercises I tried out and before hitting the gym I realized that I need to be more active if I want to start going to the gym on a regular basis. These fat burning exercises helped me to not only lose weight, but also introduced me to the world of exercising and working out which in turn led me to a more active and healthy lifestyle.
An Overall Better Physique
Let’s start with the basics. Some of the most basic and easy to do exercises are cardio exercises which basically get your heart rate up and thus, speed up the metabolism and fat consumption. These include jogging, running, swimming and similar exercises. However, if you are new to the whole exercising thing like I was, start slow. Start by going for a walk every day for a fixed amount of time. Then slowly increase that time. And then introduce short jogs and sprints in your walk. Over time you would be able to run the entire time and that will help you lose weight and tone up the entire body.
However, only running or swimming can be a bit slow and can take quite some time. So I propose some exercises which are also known as ‘targeted burns’ which can help you lose stubborn fat which does not seem to shed! Now first, you have to identify the problem areas. Usually, the thighs and the belly are main regions where men have difficulty in losing weight.
For The Thighs
Lunges and squats are the best exercises to get toned down and slim thighs.
To do a lunge, keep your hands at chest level. Now without moving your hands, move one leg forwards as if taking a big step and bend the other leg but do not move it from the original position. Repeat the process with the other leg. Initially, you will feel a slight burn on the inner side of the thighs and this is a sign that the exercise is working.
Squats are fairly simple. All you have to do is keeping your hands straight in front of your body, slowly lower your body by bending your knees, and then move back up again. Squats can also target the upper body if you use dumbbells or weights in your hands.
For The Belly
Now the main problem area is the belly. For the belly, crunches are the best exercise. To do a crunch, lie down flat on your back and using only your abdominal muscles raise your upper body upwards. Repeat several times.
Kelvin wears many hats in the fitness and health industry. He believes in a practical, flexible and sustainable approach to bodybuilding. Initially Kelvin had started bodybuilding as a hobby which turned into passion and later, a successful career. He shares his expertise on strength training and body building to help the GFY community.
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