Weight Loss Exercises
With so many weight loss exercises out there, weight loss patients may be unsure of which ones lead to the best results. At Total HealthcareMD, we are huge advocates of full body weight loss exercises because they allow our patients to burn more calories and get stronger in less time.
In addition to making weight loss patients more fit and allowing them to perform better in everyday activities, full body workouts work more muscles and burn more calories than popular single muscle isolation exercises. Here are three of the best full body weight loss exercises that will truly give you the most bang for your buck:
Full body squats provide countless benefits to weight loss patients. Squats improve circulation, burn fat, tone legs, shape the buttox, improve flexibility, and help build muscles throughout the body. Unlike other exercises, squats are low impact and do not strain the knees, ankles, and back.
To squat, start by standing with your feet hip-width apart while engaging your abs and pulling your shoulders back. Next, push your hips and buttox back like you are about to sit in a chair. Then, lower down until your thighs are parallel while keeping your weight on your heels. Finish by raising back up to the starting position, pushing your knees outward and squeezing your buttox.
Burpees are one of the most effective full body weight loss exercises ever created. They use your own bodyweight and do an excellent job at conditioning and strengthening your body like no other exercise can. Burpees will allow you to work your abs, hamstrings, glutes, quads, chest, and arms all at one time.
To do a burpee, stand up and get into a squat position with your hands on the floor in front of you. Next, keep your feet back into a pushup position and lower your body so that your chest touches the floor. Then, jump and take your feet into a squat as quickly as you can. Lastly, jump up into the air as high as possible.
Kettlebell swings are another full body move that should be added to all exercise plans. Kettlebell swings burn a significant amount of calories, strengthen the core muscles, tone and define the upper back, and burn fat. It’s not easy to find an exercise that can offer such a diverse range of benefits while only requiring one piece of fitness equipment.
To do a kettlebell swing, stand with your legs hip-width apart and hold the kettlebell between them. Once you let the kettlebell to swing a little behind your legs, propel your hips forward and bring the kettlebell straight over your head. Be sure to keep your eyes on the kettlebell and point it slightly forward or straight up. Pull the kettlebell down and repeat.
For more information on which types of exercise to incorporate into a full body workout, contact Total HealthcareMD. We are experts in compiling full body exercise plans for our patients and can’t wait to serve you.