2. What Exercises Should You Do?
This can be the confusing part. A typical workout should start with a warm up, the actual workout and end with a cool down. For beginners it is important to work on total body workouts focusing on major muscles to burn fat, build lean muscles and lose weight efficiently.
It is important to know that we can not spot reduce fat! This means doing 100 crunches every single day will not give you a flat belly. Instead, doing total body workouts, focusing on all major muscles including your core will help to burn belly fat and to give you a flat tummy.
For example a workout plan can be:
Monday,Wednesday, Friday – strength training: Upper Body Gym Routine
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday – cardio: Most Effective Cardio Exercises
Sunday – rest day.
What is the difference between strength training and cardio?
Strength training or weight lifting are exercises aimed at improving your strength and to build lean muscles. Strength training is important because the more lean muscles you have, the higher your metabolic rate will be and your body will be burning fat more efficiently even when you’re at rest. This include squats, lunges, pushups, tricep dips, pull ups and more.
Cardio or aerobics are exercises that are intense enough to increase your breathing and heart rate at a continuous and consistent pace. Cardio exercises are important to increase stamina, to burn calories and excess fat from the body. This include running, cycling, swimming, hiking, dancing and more.
A combination of both cardio and strength training is key to losing weight and also to achieve quicker results. If you do your workout on alternate days (3-4 times weekly), then combine both cardio and strength training into each session.