In order to live a healthy lifestyle, making time for a regular sweat sesh is imperative, especially for those with weight loss ambitions. Luckily, you don’t need fancy equipment and a gym membership to power through an effective workout; in fact, you only need the comfort of home!

1. The Cardio-Heavy Weight Loss Workout Plan

The Cardio-Heavy Weight Loss Workout Plan

If you want to lose weight, there are two questions that immediately come to mind: What should I eat? and What should my workouts look like? For those who are the "diet starts on Monday" type, figuring out the fitness part of the weight-loss equation might seem like a good place to start. Deciding on the best plan of attack is easier said than done, though, since even fitness experts aren't unanimous on how to lay out the perfect week of workouts. But there are some general guidelines that can help if you're trying to piece together your own program.

First things first: Even if you are working out to lose weight, you still want to include some weight training instead of going overboard on cardio. "When you get done with weight training, your metabolism is up for up to 24 hours afterward, which is great for losing weight," says Erin Oprea, trainer to Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini and author of The 4x4 Diet.  (BTW, Oprea is referring to what's called the afterburn effect.) "But when you do cardio, it doesn't stay up as long." Read More.

2. 20-Minute Bodyweight Workout for Weight Loss

20-Minute Bodyweight Workout for Weight Loss

Let’s face it: Finding the time to exercise is often a lot harder than your actual workout. Between work, family and friends, personal hobbies and other social commitments, many people struggle to fit fitness into their daily routine.

Bodyweight exercises solve this problem by giving you an effective workout that can be done anywhere, anytime, with little to no setup. Read More.

3. Researchers Find Jogging May Be the Best Workout to Avoid Weight Gain

Researchers Find Jogging May Be the Best Workout to Avoid Weight Gain

Doctors frequently encourage patients to exercise more and eat less in order to keep their waist trim.

Now, researchers in China have identified the five types of exercise that are most effective at helping people who are predisposed to obesity stave off that weight gain.

According to the study, which was published in the journal PLOS Genetics, regular jogging is the best type of exercise for managing obesity and avoiding weight gain. Read More.



The bottom line

Many exercises can help you lose weight.

Some great choices for burning calories include walking, jogging, running, cycling, swimming, weight training, interval training, yoga, and Pilates.

That said, many other exercises can also help boost your weight loss efforts.

It’s most important to choose an exercise that you enjoy doing. This makes it more likely that you’ll stick to it long term and see results.

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