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Exercising

Exercise has always been part of the answer to fat loss- but what type of exercise is the question. People have been dieting and exercising for years and are still struggling with their weight. Stiffness of joints and weakening of the muscles that we experience is often blamed on ageing but it’s just a direct effect of inactivity.

 

Types of exercises

 

Cardiovascular exercises

 

Cardiovascular exercise will be the way in which extra calories are burned. Circuit training, walking, cycling, aerobics, spinning, pilates, power yoga, aqua aerobics are all a part of an endless list of cardio activities you can choose from. Your cardio workouts can range from 40 minutes every day to 20 minutes 3 times a week for your heart and lung perfect conditioning.
Choose any activity that you enjoy. Aim at 40 minutes of continuous cardio session to utilize the stored fat. One must exercise most days of the week to see positive results.

 

Strength Training exercises

 

Strength training is the second important component of a fitness regime. Pick those weights, tubing’s or gym sticks and target all major muscle groups to strengthen, tone and boost your metabolism as an increased muscles mass leads to calorie expenditure. Challenge your muscles with strength training exercises for 2 or 3 times each in a week. The aim is to use an appropriate weight or resistant force that will work the target muscles.

Flexibility exercises

Include flexibility exercises in your daily fitness regimen. A flexibility exercise relaxes and increases the suppleness of the muscles and keeps the joint healthy increasing the range on motion. The increase blood flow to the joints in turn supplies the nutrients to the joints and keeps them healthy.

Stress: A lifestyle disease

Stress is a lifestyle disease that makes one gain weight, as stress releases a hormone called cortisol which makes you gain weight. Regular exercise reduces the stress as it releases adrenal hormones which fight with the cortisol hormones. Research has shown that physical exercise is the best tension reliever. It provides an outlet for negative emotions and irritability which improves mood.

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