“Exercise for Weight Loss” is an article series detailing the most successful exercise strategies that can be used to assist in speeding up the weight loss process, and help you end-up with a sleek, toned physique once your bodyweight gets down to your goal-weight.

Don’t take breaks in the gym

When people are doing a workout, one of the things they like to do is take looooong rests between sets.

And if you’re trying to increase your strength, you need these little breaks. But if you’re training for weight loss, it may not be the best idea.

You see, if you want to get the most fat burned and calories expended, then sitting still makes no sense. Ideally, you want to do a workout that keeps your heart pumping the entire time.

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If you’re new to training, and you’re finding it really tough to continuously move to the next exercise, then do stretches between sets – they are still more movement-inclusive than doing nothing. As you get fitter, begin to add some ab work, or alternate exercises for different muscle groups to keep training but still get recovery time.

You could also alternate weights sets with a little sprint of some sort – treadmill, rower, bike, or kettlebell swings.

Here’s an example workout – short, sharp and tiring:

  • 10 pushups
  • 20 kettlebell swings
  • 10 situps
  • 20 kettlebell swings
  • 15 air squats
  • 20 kettlebell swings
  • 10 bent-over rows
  • 20 kettlebell swings

 

Repeat the above two or three times.

However you do it, you really just want to keep the workout at a high enough pace that you don’t slow down and start breathing easily. This will keep the calories and fat burning, and also add the advantage of shortening your workout time so you have more time in the day for other stuff. Good deal!

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