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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 July 3, 2020

                7 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Workout

                7 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Workout

                Maybe you like going on walks in your neighborhood or hiking in the park, taking in the sights and sounds of nature. Or perhaps, you like to push yourself with spin classes and work up a real sweat. Maybe that basketball at a local recreation league is your thing.

                But even though you enjoy these activities and you like the way you feel when you are doing them, somehow lately, you haven’t been able to muster up the energy to participate.

                There’s a “catch-22” that often happens when you’re wanting to work out, but you are not in the mood. Working out will boost your mood and make you feel better.[1]

                But because of your current mood, you don’t want to work out. Does this conundrum sound familiar?

                Anyone can get stuck in this rut from time to time. It could be that work has been taking too much out of you, or your family and personal commitments are eating up a lot of your time and energy. You’ve got to find a way to break out of this cycle.

                Getting your groove back requires finding a way to getting back to working out; you need a way to get started again.

                How can you get started? Use one of the following hacks to get you back on track. Find one or two of the ideas on this list that speak to you and that you think you can easily implement. Once you get your workout mojo back, you’ll be surprised at not only how much better you can feel in a short amount of time, but also how much better everything will seem.

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                Here are 7 ways to motivate yourself to workout.

                1. Don’t Get Sucked Into the Black Hole of the Couch

                As soon as you come in the door from work, get your workout clothes on and hit the door. If you sit down on the comfy sofa, it will take more fortitude to get yourself going. Think of your sofa as quicksand and don’t get pulled into the trap.

                It’s a simple law of physics—Newton’s first law: An object at rest tends to stay at rest; an object in motion tends to stay in motion.[2] You can nestle into the comfy couch after your workout. But first, while you’re in motion from your day, stay in motion and get your workout in.

                2. Find an Accountability Partner

                Studies show that having an accountability partner greatly increases your exercise frequency and success.[3] Talk to some of your friends and find someone who is interested who has the same schedule as you, and you’ll find it easier to motivate yourself to workout.

                Maybe you have a friend who would love to hike early morning before work, or maybe you know someone that would like to hit a dance class right after work ends. Knowing that you have to meet someone else will make you think twice about blowing off your workout.

                You don’t have to have all your workouts include your partner, but even if you meet this person once a week, that will give you a boost to want to keep your workout going on other days. If you really feel that you need an accountability partner all the time, then find 2-3 people and meet them 2-3 times a week.

                One caveat: if your accountability partner cancels on you, be prepared for that and keep to your schedule. Everyone has things come up every now and then, but if you find your partner is frequently trying to cancel or reschedule, you probably need to find a new partner.

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                3. Or, Make Yourself an Accountability Partner

                Commit to 30 days of an exercise plan. Look at your calendar and plan out which days and times you are going to work out, including what that workout will be. Allow yourself two “do-overs” for random life events or illness—but only two.

                For example, let’s say you have on your calendar that you are going to go to a spin class after work on a Tuesday, but a family member calls whose car broke down and you have to go assist.

                You will rearrange that date of your spin class and find a different date to put it on the calendar, but you only want to do that for necessary external life events. Hitting the snooze button because you woke up too tired isn’t a good excuse.

                If you can stick to 30 days of this plan, it should feel more like a habit and be simpler going forward as you reap the benefits of feeling better, mood boost, and more energy.

                4. Integrate Some Mini-Movement Into Your Day

                If you go into work and sit at a desk most of the day, it will feel good to get out and move your muscles afterward. But sometimes, it seems difficult to get out of that sedentary rut.

                One solution is staying in touch with your body all throughout the day. Set a few timers on your phone during the day, and when they go off, take a few minutes to do different physical movements.

                Stretching and doing forward bends or side bends are some ideas. You can stand against the wall and “peel” off of it, feeling each vertebra and releasing your lower back. Take off your shoes and wiggle your toes around. Do calf raises, standing up and lifting your heels up and down.

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                These small movements done 2-3 times throughout your workday may seem insignificant, but they will keep your attuned to your physical self a bit more so that you will be more motivated to have some bigger, longer, “real” workout sessions.

                Think of them as appetizers and your workout is the big meal.

                5. Eat Something Fresh

                Speaking of a big meal, what we eat and drink is related to how we feel. So, if you’re not eating particularly well these days, commit to at least eating one fresh item daily. Maybe you have an apple as an afternoon snack. Perhaps you fix a nice salad to go along with your dinner.

                Sometimes, we’re so busy on the run that we don’t realize we’ve not been eating as fresh as we’d like. By making the conscious choice to seek out some fresh food, you’re taking care of yourself which in turn will make you think about those same kinds of choices when it comes to exercise.

                Another benefit is that if you’re eating well, you may feel “lighter” and have more energy to work out.

                6. Create an Alter Ego

                It may sound kind of crazy at first, but employing the use of an alter ego can be a great way to break out of a habit or create some life changes you desire. In his book The Alter Ego Effect, Todd Herman illustrates how an Alter Ego is a mental trick to improve your life. Many famous entertainers have used alter egos to overcome stage fright.

                How could this work for you? You may be too tired to work out at the end of the day, but your alter ego isn’t.

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                Let’s say you create a character named “Ironman.” Sure, when you come in from a long day at work, you can talk yourself into wanting to relax on the couch. But Ironman doesn’t feel that way—he’s ready to throw on his sneakers and go for a run!

                7. Water, Water Everywhere

                Sometimes the simplest rules are the most important. We all know we are supposed to be hydrated throughout the day. But if you’re busy all day at work and you’ve nursed a big tumbler of coffee all morning, suddenly it might be early afternoon and you realize you haven’t had any water today.

                Drinking water boosts mood and decreases fatigue.[4] These two factors will help you motivate yourself to workout.

                Make sure you’re getting your water intake all throughout the day, and if you’ve had coffee, drink some extra water to counteract the dehydrating effect of it.

                Final Thoughts

                So, how are you planning to get going this week?

                Motivate yourself to workout—pour yourself a big glass of water, get out your calendar, and think about what types of workouts you want to do.

                Whether you call a friend and ask him/her to be an accountability partner, or whether you sketch out an alter ego for yourself so you can harness your power, you can use a hack to get you back on the track of being motivated to work out.

                You know how good you feel when you do, so give yourself that gift. You don’t have to wait until tomorrow—go get your sneakers on!

                More Tips to Motivate Yourself to Workout

                Featured photo credit: Jonathan Borba via unsplash.com

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