19 best exercises to lose weight
Here’s our top exercises to lose weight, which are popular for weight loss, and burn the most calories. There’s bound to be one right for you!
1. Step aerobics – 800 calories per hour
This mainly targets your legs, hips and bum, which are often the areas that women most want to tone. Doing an hour a day, split into two half an hour sessions, will ensure that you see results within two weeks. Another very similar exercise is bench presses, which go very well in sets with step aerobics. Make sure you’re doing them right or you’ll see no results!
2. Cycling – 500-1000 calories per hour
Depending on how fast you go, this can be a real calorie burner. Riding outside is always enjoyable, but if you’re a little more time restricted, invest in a good quality exercise bike. This is often a favourite calorie burner, because it’s so easy to do. How about riding while watching the TV?
3. Swimming – 800 calories per hour
Swimming is definitely a top exercise to lose weight, especially in the summer. Doing laps up and down the pool for an hour will burn off 800 calories, and also tone almost all of your body. Stay motivated by giving yourself half an hour extra to make use of the Jacuzzi when you’ve finished!
4. Badminton, Squash, Tennis – 800 calories per hour
The side to side running involved in this is a great cardio workout, and will also help to tone your thighs and legs. It’s also a bit more sociable, which might help you to work out for longer, and your conscious will stop you skipping sessions!
5. Elliptical machine – 600 calories an hour
This is brilliant cardio, and also helps to build strong muscles, and with toning the stomach. It’s especially great if there is a TV attached to the machine or if you bring along your iPod or iPhone, so you can listen to your favourite music or catch up on latest TV. When entertained, you won’t believe how long you can do this exercise for losing weight.
6. Rowing – 500-600 calories per hour
Rowing is a great way to tone your arms, and is also very good fun. Get involved with the local rowing club and you’ll get to try it for free, or simply use the rowing machine at the gym. You’ll build arm muscle, burn calories and get an incredible workout.
7. Walking – 360 calories per hour
The easiest exercise, brisk walking is a great cardio workout and will also help to tone your legs, stomach and hips. Sprinting, walking across hills, or walking uphill will add to the amount of calories burnt, and walking tends to be easy to fit into daily life.
8. Dancing – 600-800 calories per hour
This targets your entire body, and is an excellent work out. In addition to being one of the top exercises to lose weight, it’s also one of the most fun! Just put a music channel on and dance around! In addition to burning calories, it’s a great stress reliever. Just make sure you stay active, and try and keep going for as long as you can. If you want to learn some new sexy moves while you’re at it, there’s plenty of dance workout DVDs around.
9. Exercise DVDs – 300-500 calories per hour
Speaking of workout DVDs, there are loads available even if dance isn’t your thing. Find a high energy one, and try to do it once a day. You’ll burn calories, tone up and feel much fitter.
10. Horse riding – 200-600 calories per hour
This one may be a bit harder to arrange, but going horse riding once a week is one of the best ways to stay fit, healthy and enjoy nature. The views can be so amazing that you won’t even notice that you’re toning your bottom, abs and thighs, and burning calories while you’re at it! You’d be surprised at how cheap it can be to arrange a session once a week.
11. Jogging – 550 calories per hour
Jogging and running is so good for your body! Aside from all of the calories you’ll burn, you’ll also get a lot of thinking done, without all the distractions of the gym or a workout DVD.
12. Trampoline – 400 calories per hour
Who knew something so fun could be such a great exercise for losing weight? Bouncing on a trampoline will get your heart thumping, but be careful you don’t fall.
13. Yoga – 180 calories per hour
Stretching is good for your body and soul, and it’s actually an effective exercise for losing weight. You’ll notice an improvement in your tone and flexibility, plus a decrease in back pain, all while burning about 180 calories an hour… even more if you’re doing more advanced moves and combining more difficult positions.
14. Football – 400 calories per hour
Running around the football field with friends or just chasing the kids with the ball is a great way to burn calories and lose weight. It’s also a lot of fun, if you can keep up…
15. Hiking – 350 calories per hour
Hiking, not to be confused with a gentle walk, will burn about 350 calories an hour… and it gives you the opportunity to spend some quality time outside, seeing nature, spending time with someone you love. Or go alone and just enjoy the scenery!
16. Weight training – 200 calories per hour
Most of us don’t need weight training every day, but it should be included as part of a well-rounded exercise routine. Plus, it’s good to know that you can burn about 200 calories. Most personal trainers will only recommend about 35-40 minutes a day, three days a week.
17. Gardening – 350 calories per hour
Another excuse to spend time in the garden – pulling weeds, raking leaves, and sweeping grass clippings will burn about 250 calories an hour. Remember to protect yourself from the sun, and keep hydrated.
18. Housework – 200 calories per hour
Talk about multi-tasking – get your house tidy and burn calories at the same time! Push the hoover and dust with gusto, and if you’re feeling sluggish about sweeping, turn on your favourite tunes and add some dance.
19. Ice Skating
Many of these ideas are great for spring and summer, but what about the cold weather? If you have a spot near you ice skating, it’s a great way to lose weight and burn calories.