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7 Best Exercises To Lose Weight At Home Easily

7 Best Exercises To Lose Weight At Home Easily

Our lives are so busy, finding the time to exercise can be a challenging task. If you don’t have the time to go to the gym every day, here are 7 simple exercises that can be done at home, to help lose weight and tone your body. You truly don’t need to search online for any more workouts. These seven exercises together workout all the major muscle groups including the triceps, biceps, shoulders, chest, abs, back, glutes, thighs and legs. All you need is a set of dumbbells. You should aim for 10 reps, three sets of each.

After attempting various combinations of diet, cardio and weight training for losing weight, I found it most effective to strength train three days a week with cardio on the two days in between. Weekends are for rest and rejuvenation. I lost 18 pounds in just 40 days! I started with 2 kg dumbbells, I now use 5 to 7.5 kg ones. I am stronger and much happier.

1. Bicep Curls

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    Sporting strong, well-defined arms is a fitness aspiration for most people. One of the most popular exercises in the world, bicep curls are actually very effective when it comes to building up the upper arm muscles. .

    1. Stand or sit up straight holding a dumbbell at arm’s length.
    2. Hold the upper arm stationary, exhale and curl the arm upward until it is in front of your shoulders
    3. Now, inhale and slowly lower the dumbbell  back down.

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    2. Shoulder Press

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      The shoulder press works your shoulders while placing some emphasis on your triceps and upper back.

      1. Sit on utility bench or chair that has back support, holding a dumbbell in each hand.
      2. Raise the dumbbells to head height, the elbows out and about 90 degrees.
      3. extend the elbow to raise the weights together directly above your head.
      4. Hold and then slowly bring the weight back to the starting position.

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      3. Front Squats

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        This exercise targets the quadriceps like no other. Front squats strengthen various muscle groups such as the upper back, abdominals, lumbar spine, gluteals, thigh adductors, quadriceps,hamstrings, and the calves.

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        1. Stand with feet set wider than shoulder-width
        2. Hold a dumbbell with both hands in front of your chest.
        3. Sit back into a squat, keeping the dumbbell in the same position then drive back up.

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        4. Walking Lunges

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          The targeted muscles in lunges include the glutes along with the hamstrings and quadriceps in the thighs. The calf muscles, abdominal muscles and the back muscles act as stabilizers during the action.

          1. Holding the dumbbells in each hand, take a big step forward with your right foot in line with your right hip.
          2. Lower your hips toward the floor by bending both knees to 90-degree angles. Your front knee should be directly over the ankle.
          3. Stand up to step forward onto your left foot.
          4. Continue walking lunges.

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          5. Bent Over Rows

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            Bent over rows is a great compound movement that targets a variety of back muscles: the whole lat, the upper back, the trap muscles and even the biceps.

            1. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart holding a dumbbell in each hand.
            2. bend your hips back and lower your torso until it’s parallel to the floor.
            3. Allow your arms to hang. Row the weights to your sides, squeezing your shoulder blades together at the top.

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            6. Chest Press

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              The Chest press works the pectoralis major and the supporting chest, arm, and shoulder muscles.

              1. Lie down flat with a dumbbell in each hand
              2. As you breathe out, use your chest to push the dumbbells up.
              3. Lower the dumbbells down to a 90 degree angle in a slow and controlled manner.

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              7. Tricep Kick Back

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                The exercise targets the triceps, the large muscles in the back of the upper arms.

                1. Stand in a bent over row position, knees bent with a flat back.
                2. Keep your arm and elbow at a 90 degree position
                3. While keeping your upper arms stationary, exhale and extend the dumbbell backwards until the arm is fully extended.
                4. Slowly bend your arm to lower the weight and bring back to starting position.

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                Last Updated on September 4, 2018

                How to Get Rid of Sore Muscles Fast (What Works And What Doesn’t)

                How to Get Rid of Sore Muscles Fast (What Works And What Doesn’t)

                Avoiding sore muscles requires several commitments to your overall health and well-being. We’re going to examine several aspects of how to recover from workouts, and how to avoid sore muscles.

                Avoiding sore muscles isn’t something you merely achieve through dietary habits; it requires dedication to the full recovery of your body by way of sleep, and pre-habilitation – the primitive rehabilitation of your body which is typically done as post workout stretching and mobility.

                I would like to preface this article by saying that I’m an Ambassador for MobilityWOD – health and fitness organization founded by Dr. Kelly Starrett,[1] the author of NY Times Best Seller Becoming A Supple Leopard. That means I promote mobility and an overall top to bottom healthy lifestyle. I partnered with MobilityWOD because we share a common goal of helping people move better and live healthier, longer.

                Sore muscles can occur in several ways that aren’t just exercise, such as illness or injury. We’re going to just focus on sore muscle recovery from exercise, however some of these remedies are applicable to the other aforementioned causes of sore muscles.

                We’re going to cover quick fix remedies for sore muscles that you can apply immediately, as well as preventative things you can do to avoid sore muscles in the future. So let’s get to it!

                What are sore muscles?

                Sore muscles as a result of exercise, occur due to delayed-onset muscle soreness (or DOMS), which begins hours afterward and peaks (on average) around one to two days.

                Generally, exercise scientists agree that people who experience muscle soreness are doing so as a result of muscle damage and rebuilding. Proteins exit the injured cells while fluid and white blood cells rush to rebuild.

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                Over time, muscle cells are repaired and new cells are developed – all being injected with contractile proteins. Some or all of this process may be inexorably linked with muscle soreness.

                How do muscles get sore?

                There’s many fitness experts that I’ve encountered who preach they do not experience muscle soreness, and contrary to that many still do.

                I’m of the belief that ‘newer lifters’ or those ‘new to exercise’ will experience soreness more dramatically when compared to those that have been working out for several years.

                Now if you’re reading this and thinking “c’mon Adam, I’m going to experience muscle soreness more because I’m new to exercise?!?”, I get it you!

                Here’s the upside, it’s because there’s SO much growth for you to do! Personally having been training for several years, I still notice sore muscles when working out muscle groups that I don’t normally, such as doing a day of just shoulder raises and presses (bodybuilding style) – I’ll feel the DOMs for sure.

                However, if I do a heavy deadlift workout, generally I’ll avoid DOMs due to my recovery regimen (which I’ll share below) and because its an exercise I perform often.

                Those that have been exercising for several years, and of course not including those that use steroids or other recovery substances, are close to/approaching their genetic potential in terms of muscle mass.

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                There’s several online calculators for Lean Body Mass which can come close to revealing your genetic potential by measuring limb length, and bone density. I suggest a quick google search and use several to compare as they may vary slightly in result, however you can try Drug Free Muscle & Strength Potential calculator created by ‘Stronger by Science ‘.

                Myths about sore muscles

                There’re many myths to cover, but let’s quickly hit a few:

                Myth #1: Leaving sore muscles to heal on their own is the best thing to do?

                Common misconception! In fact it’s often a good idea to perform light exercise to aid in recovery by way of promoting blood and oxygen circulation to the muscles, and Synovial fluid within the joints.

                Synovial Fluid – also known as synovia, is a viscous, non-Newtonian fluid found in the cavities of synovial joints. The principal purpose of synovial fluid is to reduce friction between the articular cartilage of synovial joints during movement.

                Often if you leave sore muscles without doing mobility or stretching after training, you’ll end up shortening your range of motion (due to tightness) and healing those muscles in less than optimal positions (end-ranges of motion) and circumstances.

                Myth #2: It’s a bad idea to workout with sore muscles?

                Light exercise can actually help in recovery, but don’t go heavy or over-exert yourself as it can be counter productive.

                Myth #3: Eating or protein shake immediately after a workout will prevent sore muscles?

                This is ultimate bro-science, and though consuming a fast acting carb may help with muscle discomfort/aches after a workout, there’s nothing which directly proves that immediately consuming a protein shake after a workout will reduce muscle soreness or DOMs.

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                Myth #4: DOMs have nothing to do with sleep?

                The majority of muscle repair is done during REM sleep.

                Myth #5: DOMs have nothing to do with gut health?

                During deep sleep/REM sleep, the body heals and recovers muscles through the gastrointestinal tract, which directly correlates with GUT Health.

                How to get rid of sore muscles fast

                Here’s how you get rid of sore muscles quickly after exercise…

                1. Refine what you eat

                One important aspect of muscle recovery is quality protein.

                Don’t go reaching for your synthetic, or all natural protein powders and expect to avoid sore muscles entirely. Aim high for quality sources of protein, and amino acid complexes that will put you on the path to muscle repair, rebuilding, and recovery.

                Here’s some suggestions below for sources of protein.

                • Meat – Various types of beef steaks
                • Poltry – Chicken, pheasant, goose, turkey..etc
                • Fish – Salmon, tilapia, cod, halibut, haddock..etc
                • Hemp or pea protein – If you are deficient of hitting your macro nutrient requirements (typically 1g – 2g of protein per lb of body weight while recovering from exercise), then add a bit of these protein powder sources to your diet. Avoid whey protein, or isolate if you can, however if that’s all you have access to, it will suffice.

                Checkout my recent article on Healthy Food to Gain Muscle.

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                Try these anti inflammatory remedies:

                • Krill Oil (suggested) or wild Alaskan salmon fish oil – The natural fatty acids and antioxidants are known to aid in pain relief. Krill oil will naturally help reduce inflammation and decrease pain within your joints, and in turn help recover muscles by improving overall circulation.
                • Probiotic (supplement or natural plain greek yogurt such as kefir). Your gut health is important and reducing inflammation means less soreness!
                • Hemp oil or CBD oil (non psychoactive). Excellent way to reduce potential inflammation and recover from muscle soreness quickly.
                • Pain relief topical creams – There’s loads of options to choose from, and though many are not 100% proven, some have been said to be quite effective at temporarily mitigating pain from muscle soreness. These are a great quick fix if you want to reduce discomfort and ‘turn down’ before bed.[2]

                2. Treat your body well

                Besides refining your diet, you should do something about your body and muscle:

                • Epsom salt bath with essential oils if you have them available.
                • Compression lightly applied to promote warmth and blood flow – Don’t overdue it because you can stop circulation, which is the opposite of what we’re going for!
                • Massage or acupuncture is something I’ve tried many times over and it has proven results by improving circulation and blood flow to the muscles to aid in recovery.
                • Stretching and mobility is an absolute must! Pre-workout active mobility and foam rolling, followed by post workout static stretching. When you perform stretching and mobility you’re improving circulation and the end-range of those muscle groups by elongating them to their fullest. When your muscles are sore and tight, it’s often because they have been strained, damaged from training, and shortened as a result. We need to open up your range and elongate the muscles with stretching for optimal recovery.
                • Light exercise and walking can be extremely effective for aiding in recovery by promoting circulation.

                3. Have sufficient sleep

                Sleeping is an absolute must for muscle recovery and to avoid muscle soreness! I cannot stress this enough! Please do yourself a favor and get at least 7 hours of sleep per night, and 8-9 hours as needed on days when the workout was extra strenuous.

                You do the majority of your muscle repair when the muscles shut down during heavy deep sleep states. Protein synthesis occurs under conditions of sleep but it occurs in the gastrointestinal tract, not the muscles. Research suggests that it’s during REM (Rapid Eye Movement: explained later) sleep that the body is able to: restore organs, bones, and tissue; replenish immune cells; and circulate human growth hormone.

                Conclusion

                Thought sore muscles aren’t something you can do away with entirely, and honestly who would want to? It tells you that your exercise efforts are not in vein!

                If your muscles are sore, it means you’re putting them to work and they’re rebuilding and growing as we examined earlier.

                No one wants to be completely frozen in soreness the day after training, so if you use these quick remedies for muscle soreness and preventative modalities, I’m confident you’ll be on track for sore muscle pain alleviation along with muscle and strength gains in no time!

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