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6 Beginner Exercises to Lose Weight [Part 1]

 

Setting aside time to exercise can feel like it gets harder and harder with our hectic schedules. Sometimes we are so tired from a busy day that we don’t feel like making the trek out to the gym and end up having dinner and staying in. Or it’s cold, rainy or snowy out and we don’t feel like going for that walk or jog.

Who says you have to go to the gym or even leave your home to exercise? You can actually do a full workout program in your own house. Yes, that’s right! Here are some of the best exercises, using just your own body weight, if you’re trying to shed off some pounds.

Even though you can get your heart rate up with these strength exercises, it’s important to get enough cardio in too. It’s a good idea to have some cardio videos for when you don’t feel like leaving the house.

1) Push-ups: Push-ups are a basic exercise that can be done by raising and lowering the body with the support of your arms. Place your hands on the floor right below your shoulders, while holding your body straight. Now lower your chest by bending your elbows and pushing back into the original position.

Be careful not to let your butt stick out or dip at any point! You should feel your chest, shoulders and arms being worked out. If you’re finding it hard to do a push-up, try playing your knees on the floor.

2) Crunches: Crunches mainly strengthen your core and are known for sculpting your abs. Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground.

Place your hands behind your head or cross your arms in front of your chest. Lift your shoulders toward the ceiling using your ab muscles without lifting your entire back off the floor. After pausing at the peak, ease back down slowly as you inhale.

Be careful not to pull your head or neck up as this will place extra strain on the spine. If you’re bored of those old standard crunches, try some of these variations.

3) Squats: Squats are an awesome upper and lower body workout that strengthen your thighs and butt, but also work those hamstrings andyour lower back.

Plant your feet on the ground shoulder-width apart and slightly bend your knees. Point your feet slightly outward, not straight ahead. Bend your knees as if you’re about to sit back in a chair while keeping your heels on the floor.

Thrust your hips forward without sticking your butt out. Pull in your abs and keep your lower back in a neutral position. Lift yourself back up and repeat. When doing squats, it’s important to maintain proper and safe form.

Be careful not to let your knees extend beyond your toes or you can injure yourself!

You’ll notice that as you become stronger, you can do these exercises better and for longer. Don’t forget to supplement these exercises with cardio workouts. Check out some of our healthy recipes and 3-stage weight loss program to complement your workouts and get on the right path to staying in shape all year round!

These are just a few exercises to get you on the right path to losing weight. Check out Beginner Exercises to Lose Weight Part 2!

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