Exercises That Really Work

Exercises That Really WorkEveryone knows that if you want to lose weight and stay in shape, you need to diet and exercise. Eating healthy is an important part of any weight loss plan, but exercise is equally important.But, what exercises work the best? You have dozens to choose from – some of them considerably more complex than others. You don’t want to risk injuring yourself. You simply want to get a better body and feel healthier. You also have a busy life, and don’t want to waste time on exercises that won’t help you get the most out of your workout.What you want are exercises that won’t eat up a lot of your time, but will help you get into shape. To find out which exercises really work, we talked to the experienced personal trainers at the Live In Fitness LIFE program in Playa del Rey, California. They told us about the exercises they recommend for their guests when they are at the fitness resort, as well as the ones they suggest their guests do after they leave the resort.

Most of these exercises are not that difficult, and many of them don’t even require you to join a gym. What they all have in common is that they have been proven to work to help people not only lose weight, but keep it off and maintain a better body for the long term.

  • Walking. This sounds simple, but walking exercises a wide variety of muscles in your body. Better still, you don’t need any fancy exercise equipment. You can do it anywhere you want to. If you are just starting on a exercise plan, you might want to start with walking about 10 minutes a day. Then, over time, increase this to about 30 minutes a day. You can start off walking slowly and gradually increase your pace. If you can find places to walk that are at an incline, that would be even more effective. This can have a dramatic effect on your body.
  • Stair Climbing. Walking up and down a flight of stairs is an effective exercise that also doesn’t require a visit to the gym. Walk up and down the stairs of your house. If you live in an apartment, walk up and down the stairs of your office instead of taking the escalator. Like with walking, you are use a wide variety of muscle groups and your body will respond.
  • Squats. Squats are perhaps the most effective exercise for your quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes. It’s easy to do. Just keep your back straight, and then bend your knees as though you were about to sit down. Then go back to the original position and repeat the process. You may be able to only do this four or five times at first, but try to build up until you can do 30 squats during a session.
  • Push-Ups. These are an oldie but a goodie. We all learned how to do them in high school gym class, and they remain one of the best ways possible to burn calories and build up upper body strength. Don’t be worried if you can only do one or two at first. Push-ups build up muscles very quickly, and you’ll be able to do many more in no time at all.
  • Crunches. These are a serious calorie killer that will help you develop your stomach muscles. Lie on your back with your knees up, like you are in a sit up position. Put your hands behind your head and then lift up your upper body using your stomach muscles, while at the same time bringing your knees toward your head, and hold the position for several seconds before lowering yourself back to the starting position.
  • Running. Tired of walking? Want to get even more overall body benefits? Then running is your next step. You’ll use the same muscle groups as walking, but burn calories much, much faster. A good tip is to listen to fast-paced music while you run. It’s been shown to motivate people to run for longer periods of time than they would if listening to more calming music.
  • Lunges. This is another one that can be hard at first, but will deliver amazing results once you get used to it. It exercises your entire lower body and helps improve your balance. Hold your back straight and step forward. Bend your front knee to a 90 degree angle and lower your back knee until it is just above the floor. Then go back to the original position.
  • The Rowing Machine. For this one you’ll need to go to a gym, but it’s worth it. The rowing machine exercises both your upper and lower body muscle groups at the same time. It is a great way to lose weight and tone your body at the same time. It also delivers results fairly quickly.
  • Jumping Jacks. Another old favorite that you can do anywhere. Jumping jacks not only give you a full body workout; they are great for your cardiovascular system. We’ve all known how to do jumping jacks since kindergarten, so why not start doing them again when you get the chance?
  • Pull-Ups. These are great for working your arms and back muscles. You can buy a pull-up bar cheaply at any sporting goods store, and they take almost no time at all to install in a doorway in your home. Best of all – the more in shape you get, the less weight you’ll be pulling up and the easier it will be to do them!
  • Riding A Bike. You don’t need to lay out hundreds of dollars on an expensive 10-speed. Nearly any bike will do. You can buy a used bicycle for peanuts. Bike riding is fun, gets you out and about, and burns off calories like snow melting on a spring day. Biking places instead of taking your car is also great for the environment!
  • Jogging In Place. Another simple one to do anywhere. You can even do it at home while watching television – turning an otherwise passive experience into one that can help you lose weight and boost your endorphin levels.

All of these exercises have been proven over time to be very, very effective. With all of them, you can start out slow and then build up your workout over time. You can vary them as well – doing two or three one day and two or three others the next day, so that you never get bored with any one exercise routine.

The important thing is to incorporate as many of these exercises that really work into your routine as you can – and pretty soon you’ll be sporting a better body you’ll be proud of!

Eric Viskovicz is the founder and director of Live In FitnessEnterprises. His site, http://liveinfitness.com is where many people find his Marina Del Rey weight loss retreat.

When it comes to weight loss, Eric Viskovicz is both an innovator and a pioneer. Due to his own struggle with weight loss, and a comprehensive understanding of the way in which the struggle to lose weight can totally envelope a person, Eric was the first person to realize that in order to be successful at weight loss, it needs to be treated in the way in which it is experienced. What this means to Eric is that in order to win at weight loss, a person has to first completely understand himself. This philosophy led Eric Viskovicz to produce the first ever approach to weight loss based on the person’s personality.