Motivating ourselves to lose weight is challenging, which is why we’re here to support you! There are so many benefits of weight loss, which is why we’re sharing some easy exercises that you can try from the comfort of your own home.
These exercises target weight loss and are suitable for beginners, so don’t worry if you’re new to working out!
Before you dive into any exercises, you will need:
It’s also important for you not to push yourself too hard - this can actually lead to injuries or de-motivation. Set yourself some SMART goals and limit the time you spend exercising - make sure that if you feel faint or exhausted you take some time to rest.
It’s always a good idea to do some stretches before working out as it improves flexibility and reduces the risk of injury. Here’s some you can try:
You can choose to perform this stretch whilst standing or kneeling
You can also warm yourself up by marching on the spot - aiming to lift your knees up to hip height and swinging your arms back and forth in rhythm with your steps.
Now that you’ve stretched your body and warmed up, you’re ready for some calorie-burning exercises to get the blood pumping.
Star jumps are a great way to get your heart rate up and they’re easy to do! Try to complete two sets of 15-20 star jumps.
Doing high intensity exercises such as burpees will make you a calorie-burning machine as it is a full body workout.
Firstly, stand straight with your arms by your side and your feet shoulder-width apart
For this exercise you will need a clear space and a jump rope if you have one (or, you can just use your imagination!) - if possible, jump rope in your garden to avoid accidentally damaging any valuables. When you’re ready, simply jump rope for two minutes on the spot. After taking a break to catch your breath and drink some water, you can jump rope for another two minutes if you feel up to it.
Getting fresh air is essential for our wellbeing, so if you can go out for a jog around your neighbourhood, you’ll feel much more refreshed - in fact, going for a jog is a great way to spend your lunchtimes and switch up your work routine.
If you’re more comfortable jogging in your home, this is fine too - sometimes we just want to gradually build up our confidence before we begin exercising in public. Start off with a slow jog and increase the pace as you go.
Aside from these cardiovascular exercises, it’s also a good idea to do some strength training to build your muscles and tone your body, you could try:
You’ll need to make sure you’re using a bench, chair or couch which is wide enough (at least shoulder length) and sturdy as you’ll be pushing your body weight against it.
Of course, weight loss can be achieved much quicker by eating healthily alongside exercising. Why not check out the Easy Meals app where you can discover healthy food options to help you on your journey to weight loss.
If you live in Dorset and you’re looking for support in trying to lose weight, we’re here to help! With our friendly team of health advisors and coaches offering guidance each step of the way, you can learn about simple exercises and diet changes which will help you to reach your weight goals. Simply register or have a chat with us today to find out more about the services we offer.
You may even be eligible for three-months of support from your local Slimming World or WW group. Find out more about our weight-loss voucher scheme here.