The 7 Best Exercises for Weight Loss
Yes, exercise is essential for overall health, but when you’re trying to lose weight it becomes even more important.
If you’re trying to create your own weight loss workout but don’t know where to start, take a cue from these 10 best exercises for weight loss, demonstrated by Karolina Duncan, a New York City-based certified personal trainer and health coach. Each one doubles as a strength move that’ll also get your heart rate up and work on functional movement skills. Meaning, they’ll protect you from injury and help you perform tasks more efficiently in your everyday life—while burning calories and building lean muscle. (More here: You Don’t Need Cardio to Lose Weight, But There’s a Catch)
String these moves together for the indicated sets and reps to create a circuit workout, or add them individually to routines you already love.
1. Forward Lunge
Stand tall with feet hip-width apart. Place hands on hips or hold weights by sides to start.
Take a controlled step forward with the right leg. Keeping spine tall, lower body until the front and back leg form a 90-degree angle.
Pause, then step right leg back to start. Step left leg forward to repeat on the other side.
10 per side
Mistakes and Tips:
There are many variations to the lunge, but the classic forward lunge is still very effective for weight loss, as it works multiple muscles at once (think: glutes, quads, and hamstrings).
Start with feet together, hands holding ends of the jump rope, elbows in toward ribs. Swing the jump rope and step or hop both feet over. Don’t jump in between, just jump with each swing of the rope.
Check the length of the jump rope by holding it in each hands and ensuring the handles line up with shoulders.