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Shed the Pounds: Knockout Workouts to Try in 2015

written by Guest Blogger December 8, 2014

We’re wrapping up another year soon and will begin another January 1st. This newness generally activates motivation and it’s in our best interest to use this extra energy to pin down a workout schedule that works for us. Part of doing this is finding activities we enjoy. Check out a few examples from guest blogger, Brooke Chaplan. 

Shedding the pounds is no simple task. It takes a lot of work, especially if you are not used to exercising. If you follow these steps to losing those pounds, it starts to feel less impossible, and more a reality. Depending on how many pounds you want to lose, and how focused you are in reaching your goals, you can quickly lose weight.

With that said, your weight-formula is going to require, on your part, due diligence, healthy eating habits, and a strong regime. Cardio is the number one type of exercise that will help burn those calories, and keep the fat off, which is what these workouts will focus upon.

Bicycling
Bicycling can be fun as well as healthy. Depending on how fast you like to go, bicycling burns calories fast. Unless you are restricted by the boundaries of time or weather, bicycle outside. Bicycling outside can vary your exercises with the various twists and turns on the changing landscapes. If you are restricted, you might want to invest in a quality indoor bike, or use the one at your local gym. Bicycling can burn roughly 500-1000 calories per hour.

Swimming
Swimming helps lose those body pounds you don’t need. The summer is the best time to commit yourself to doing laps up and down the pool. If you swim for an hour, you can lose up to 800 calories. Also, you can tone the majority of your body since swimming is a full-body exercise. A maternal care specialist, Dr. Gilbert Webb recommends pregnant women do more stationary exercises in the pool and use It more for therapy.

Racquetball
Racquetball is an effective cardio exercise, with its side-to-side running workout. While it is fun, it will also help tone your legs and thighs. This is one of the most sociable exercises which may be ideal for people who are more motivated in the presence of others than they would be working out alone.

Elliptical
This cardio is brilliant. It helps you build stronger muscles and tone your stomach without you doing too much rigorous activity. If you use the elliptical in front of a TV, or use your iPod, or iPhone, you can keep yourself entertained, and before you know it, you are burning 600-800 calories per hour. When you keep yourself entertained, you will be surprised at how much time has passed while working on the machine, and it is great for all ages.

If you use all of these workouts in a week on a consistent basis, you are on your way to shedding those pounds, and keeping them off your figure. The key is to burn more calories than you take in, and keep your heart rate up to boost your metabolism. As you slim down, you might find it harder to lose pounds than you would when you first started. This is normal and will require you to push yourself harder and add more variety to your exercises. Don’t be afraid to go for the gold and find a routine that really pushes you.

Information Credit: usnews.com

About the Author

“Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.”

Do you have any knockout workouts you’d like to try in 2015?

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