We all know that in order to lose weight regular exercise is not only essential and but necessary as well. Before beginning any sort of workout routine, one should make sure that their routine consists of adequate amounts of cardio and weight training. One without the other leaves the workout incomplete.
Basically, a cardio workout works on burning the stored fat of the body and helps in reduction of calories. Any physical activity that agitates the blood circulation to and from the heart is known as cardio training.
Weight training works on the muscles of the body. Basically, it involves activity that forces the body to work against the gravity can be termed as weight training. This sort of physical training helps to burn muscle fat.
Therefore, cardio coupled with weight training works towards maximum weight loss of the body. However, none of these should be done without supervision of a professional.
Working out can be a source of inspiration initially. The zest to lose weight and the adrenaline rush of the first few gym sessions can be very exciting. However, most people lose interest eventually. The effort to get off the couch and putting on the track pants and the sweatshirts and making your way to the gym class seems too much to bear with. Hence, cardio crawls back into the pasta and the dumbbells gather dust under the bed. That is why it is very important to keep your workouts interesting and full of variety. Here are a few pointers to make them an activity to look forward to during the day:
1. Mix n Match-
Never stick to the same routines for weeks on end. If you like doing the treadmill for your cardio, then switch it with walking across the park instead after some weeks. Instead of push-ups do crunches. If tennis is becoming too much of a hassle then throw on that swimsuit and do a few laps in the club pool for a change.
If you are used to working out on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays then change that to Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays instead. Although exercise in the morning is the ideal set up, you can always try some evening workout sessions to keep the variety alive. Also, go flexible with your daily hours. Instead of two hours of intense cardio and weights three days a week, reduce them to 45 minutes and repeat them more times a week.
Keeping a tab on your flab and maintaining the determination to work out regularly can become daunting at times. Therefore, it is a great idea to have a friend in tow with you to the gym. That way you both can laugh the intensity off.
Always working at the gym among other sweaty individuals with your trainer breathing down your neck can become pressurizing. Therefore, it is a good idea to give the treadmill a miss once in a while and choose the freestyle instead. You can also indulge in some power yoga. This will help calm your mind and the meditation will improve your concentration power. It is always good to make an extracurricular like a sport (swimming, sprinting, tennis, squash, and football) or dance part of your workout regime. That way you can practice your hobbies and lose weight at the same time.
Tampering with the intensity of your workout is a good idea as long it is being done with approval of a professional. Also, remember that initially everyone loses weight more quickly. Since the body is not used to the strain of a workout it uses up more energy to deal with it at the initial level. However, after you have managed to get rid of the first installment of extra weight, the body gets used to the workout strain. Therefore, it burns less energy during the exercise. Therefore, the intensity of the workout should also be monitored according to the body adaptability. Otherwise, after the initial weight loss it will become difficult to lose more weight.
Even if you work out regularly with good intensity, if you continue consuming extremely high calorie food items, the exercise will fall flat on your flab. You have to cut down on the French fries, coke and the mozzarella in order to reap the desired results from your workout. However, an occasional exception can always be burnt away during the next days workout with a little extra effort.