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Losing weight isn’t easy, and neither are most of the routines meant to help you do so. Today’s fad culture has many people attempting complicated workouts that are filled with strenuous movements that will have you feeling like you entered Navy Seal training. Before you take these drastic measures, try the following simple, easy workouts that will likely give you the same results without the complexities.

Easy Exercises To Lose Weight

Walking:

This is something we all do but not often enough. Walking for 30-50 minutes three or four times a week can help reduce fat and trim your waistline. It’s a great workout for beginners and people who prefer something minimal to help them lose weight. It requires no gym membership, no equipment, and no stress on you joints. Increase the intensity of your walks by engaging in intervals. You can walk at a normal pace for three minutes followed by one minute of speed walking. Keep this cycle going throughout the workout.

Jogging:  

Looking to burn a bit more calories in shorter amount of time? If you answered “yes,” then jogging is the exercise for you. Jogging for 20-30 minutes three to four times a week can help get rid of the stubborn visceral fat surrounding the abdominal area. If jogging outside or on a treadmill proves to be too much on your joints, try jogging on a grassy surface to reduce tension and pressure.

Cycling:

One of the most fun exercises you can do to lose weight, cycling is simple yet effective exercise for strengthening and toning the lower portion of the body. Just 30 minutes on a bicycle at a constant 12-14 mph speed can help you burn hundreds of calories. Best of all, it puts no tension or pressure on your joints. While it’s preferably done outdoors, indoor cycling has grown tremendously in popularity with several fitness facilities allocating areas just for cycling classes.

Swimming:

This is yet another fun and easy way to lose weight. Swimming is a low-impact exercise that also helps to increase flexibility and range of motion. Swimming is also a great weight loss exercise for people who suffer from chronic joint pain. Breaststrokes have proven to be the best method for shedding weight in the pool. The butterfly method comes in a close second, but this is a much more difficult stroke for beginners. Whichever technique you choose, be sure to spend at least 30 minutes swimming during one workout. You can also take a break from swimming and simply tread water.

Standing High Knees Twists:

This is a great combination exercise that targets cardiovascular health and the abdominal muscles. The standing high knee twist not only improves your endurance, but also targets the obliques, making it an easy way to burn calories while toning your core The process is simple: with every knee raise, you twist your body to the same side at the same time. You’ll feel your abdominal muscles contracting with every crunch/high knee.

Squat Jumps:

Known for toning the glutes, calves, hamstrings, core, and quads, squat jumps are easy to do, but they’ll make you break a sweat quickly. Place your feet shoulder-width apart, lower down to a regular squat, and explode upward, driving through your heels and jumping off the balls of your feet. As you land lower your body back to the squat position. DO NOT LAND WITH YOUR KNEES LOCKED! A total of 7-10 reps of this exercise will help tone the lower body and burn stubborn fat.

Mountain Climbers:

Another great cardio and abdominal exercise, mountain climbers will increase your heart rate and target almost every muscle group in your body. It truly is a full body exercise that will help burn that hard-to-get-rid-of belly fat. Begin in a plank position, bring one knee toward your chest and keep switching legs. Increase the pace as you gain control of the movement for an easy calorie-burning routine. Mountain climb for about 30 seconds at a time and then rest for one minute. Repeat three sets.