Alternative Workouts for Weight Loss

Are you looking for alternative workouts for weight loss? Tired of the usual running on the treadmill and aerobic exercises? In addition to tea for weight loss, we also want to give you a few tips on how to incorporate exercise into your family life for losing weight.

You can keep things interesting by trying different types of workout activities. Change things up with the following alternative workouts:

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

HIIT is a form of cardiovascular exercise which involves an intense period of work paired with a short less intense period of recovery. HIIT workouts are a great way to lose weight as the workouts are short, but highly effective saving you time in the gym. They also increase your metabolism and help you burn fat even after the workout is finished, due to the oxygen deficit in your muscles which must be replaced post workout.

There are many different exercises you can do in a HIIT workout but here are some to get you started:

­Hill sprints ­Burpees ­Jump rope ­Spin bike

Bodyweight exercise

Like it’s name suggests bodyweight exercises use the weight of the individual as resistance for each exercise. It is good for improving your strength, gaining some muscle mass and improving flexibility. They are great to do at home as they require little to no equipment at all to perform.

Here are some basic bodyweight exercises to get you started: ­pushup
­pullup
­squat

­wall squat ­tuck jumps ­lunges

Powerlifting

Powerlifting can seem intimidating but it really isn’t as bad as you think it is. You don’t have to lift the same amount as a competitive powerlifter in order to train like one. Powerlifting allows you to gain strength as well as increase your muscle mass. This is important as muscle burns more calories in comparison to fat and so the more muscle your body contains the higher your metabolism will be.

The main lifts used in powerlifting are:

­bench press ­barbell squat ­Deadlift

Rock climbing

Rock climbing is both a fun yet challenging activity you can do that will help you with weight loss. There are many health benefits for doing rock climbing such as improved grip strength, stronger arms and legs, improving your hand eye coordination as well as the mental strength of overcoming a challenging activity.

There are many different types of rock climbing and here are some to get you started: ­bouldering: climbing at low height without a rope, often over a safety mat.
­sport climbing: climbing up rock faces, clipping onto bolts and climbers
­solo climbing: climbing on your own often without a rope

­traditional climbing: climbing up unmarked routes with safety gear

Yoga

Yoga as an exercise can be an interesting way to get a workout. For those who are not spiritually inclined the guru worship and mysticism can be off­putting, but don’t let that stop you from trying it. Yoga exercises involve moving your body into multiple positions, which help improve flexibility and strength.

Here are a list of basic yoga poses you can try out: ­mountain pose
­downward dog
­warrior

­tree pose ­bridge pose ­triangle pose ­seated twist ­cobra ­pigeon pose ­crow pose

There you have it! With this list of alternative workouts for weight loss: HIIT, Bodyweight exercise, Powerlifting, Rock Climbing and Yoga you will be able to find something new to achieve your weight loss goals.

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