The Best and Easiest Workouts for Losing the Last 10 Pounds from The Best and Easiest Workouts for Losing the Last 10 Pounds

The Best and Easiest Workouts for Losing the Last 10 Pounds

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The Best and Easiest Workouts for Losing the Last 10 Pounds

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The new year has arrived, and with it comes New Year’s resolutions. If you’re one of the many people resolving to lose weight this year, it’s important to educate yourself on the best and easiest workouts to assist you during your weight loss journey.

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Melt away those last 10 pounds by incorporating both cardio and strength training into your daily routine — HIIT, compound movements, sprints, and dumbbells are some of the many types of workouts.

HIIT

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“This is an intense type of cardio that is the most effective for burning lots of calories in less time and boost the metabolism for long periods of time (even for hours after the workout),” says Michelle Roots, owner and personal trainer at CORE Conditioning. “Intense intervals when done properly should be done for a very short amount of time (15-20 seconds) and performed at about 85 percent of your maximum heart rate.”

Strength Train

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“In order to achieve a leaner-looking figure, speed up the resting metabolism, and decrease body fat, it is important to strength train (and don't be afraid to lift heavy),” Roots says. Here are 14 Ways Lifting Weights Will Change Your Life.

Compound Movements

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Try to incorporate more full body movements like deadlifts, burpees, Thurster, etc., Roots says. This will help you get “more bang for your buck” out of each exercise and burn more calories, she adds.

Tabata

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“This is a short (but intense) type of interval training or HIIT workouts,” Roots explains. “True Tabata only lasts four minutes and is done in eight rounds of 20 seconds of work with 10 seconds of rest.” You can either choose one exercise to perform for the entire time (preferably a full body exercise such as burpees), or you could choose two to four different exercises to alternate between, she adds.

Take the Stairs

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“Making small changes in your daily life such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking a little bit further away from the grocery store will help increase your activity throughout the day and can help burn more calories,” Roots says.

Increase the Intensity of Your Current Workout

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“If you already currently strength train, try increasing your weights and decreasing your reps in order to increase difficulty,” Roots says.

Group Fitness Circuit Classes

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“Try searching for a group fitness class near you that includes both cardiovascular training and strength training all into one class,” Roots says. “Working out with other people on the same mission is a great way to really push yourself and these types of classes burn a whole lot of calories in just one hour.”

Recovery Workouts

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“Many people forget that recovery is just as important as the workouts themselves,” Roots explains. “Stiff muscles can affect your ability to really push in your workouts and really put you at risk for injury; therefore it is important to set aside a recovery workout at least one to two times per week minimum including stretching and foam rolling to keep your body feeling great.”

Sprints

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If you are looking to burn more fat, you should try performing short sprints outside or on a treadmill, Roots says. “Instead of performing long hours of steady state cardio, try adding sprint workouts to your regimen one to two times per week to really increase fat burn,” she adds.

Add Finishers to the End of a Workout

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“A finisher is an intense but short burst at the end of your workout to really literally ‘finish’ you off and keep your body burning calories for hours after your workout,” Roots explains.

Use Dumbbells Over Machines

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“If you are performing strength training exercises opt for free weights instead of machines most of the time,” Roots says. “Performing movements with free weights help work more muscles with each exercise because your stabilizer and postural muscles are required to fire in each exercise.”

Plyometrics & Power Training

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It’s important to really challenge your cardio and strength. You can do this by incorporating plyometric training into your workouts, Roots says.

Yoga or Pilates Classes

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“Whether it is intense hot yoga, relaxation yoga, or pilates, these types of classes are a great supplement to a strength training routine to stretch and lengthen muscles as well as develop core stabilization,” Roots says. “Both yoga and pilates can also be done at home in the living room!”

Pick Up a Sport

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“Finding a sport you enjoy playing is a great way to add more exercise that you enjoy to your weekly regimen,” Roots says. “It's also a great way to burn calories without even thinking about it!”

Spin or Boxing Classes

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Both spin and boxing classes “are great for supplementing strength training sessions,” Roots says. You will push yourself harder and burn lots of calories in just one hour, she adds.