Weight-loss Exercises: Easter is one of our favourite times of the year. The weather is beautiful and everyone is in high spirits. Not only that, but there are delicious treats to go around! The Easter Bunny sneaks into our garden and leaves baskets of chocolates for us – who can resist? Luckily there are healthier alternatives for us (see our delicious gluten-free Hot Cross Buns) and exercises to get us back into shape.
If you are just starting to exercise (or if it’s been awhile since you last trained), you need to exercise vigorously at least three times a week to get back in shape. If you’ve been training for longer but need to get back into it, five to six sessions will suffice. Along with that, your rest days are essential, for both your mental and physical well-being and recuperation
Interval training works wonders for your body. These are gym sessions where your heart-rate spikes rapidly and then slows down. One perfect exercise for this is indoor cycling. Take a look at your club’s timetable to find out when the classes are and try to join in. Cycling incorporates various muscles, which requires more energy, in turn, burning more calories.
To raise your resting metabolic rate (meaning you’ll burn calories even after you finish working out), Resistance Training is highly rated. Dumbbells work really well for this and you can do it both at home and in the gym. Incorporate it into your routine around three times per week to get the most out of it. Be sure to change up your routine after around three weeks to keep your body guessing and using different muscles.
If you prefer to get out into the fresh air, running will help add some variation to your routine. It’s not going to help much in the weight loss department if you just go for a casual jog around the block. The trick is to challenge yourself more. Try running up steep hills to really get your legs and glutes working. This will help increase your heartrate and get your body warmed up. The more energy you expend, the more calories you burn. If you prefer to stick to the gym, up the intensity on the treadmill to get the same effect.
To keep your body functionally strong, yoga works wonders. It’ll keep your body supple and ready for your intense training. Not only this, but it keeps your mind strong, too, which is vital when you’re trying to stick to a workout and reach your goals. It can keep you focused and promotes stability and balance, which we can all use in our lives!
Skipping is a great additive to your workout and it’s something you can do around the house or at the gym. It gets your heart rate going and a skipping rope fits in your gym bag with ease! If you want to try out something different, swimming makes for great exercise! Tread water in the deep end until you’re exhausted and then start doing laps after a brief rest. Try swimming 10 laps of 100m and rest for a minute between each set. You can burn over 750 calories in an hour!
It’s important to stay committed to your workout routine, or you won’t make any steady progress. It may seem difficult if you’re just starting out, but once you start seeing results it’ll all be worth it! Aside from a strict workout plan, it’s vital to keep in mind your diet. What you eat will reflect in your training! Fitness is a lifestyle, so find a diet that you don’t despise and works best for you – not what the latest trend is in your friend group! Most importantly, enjoy it!