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10 Effective Fat Burning Weight Loss Exercises To Do at Home

10 Effective Fat Burning Weight Loss Exercises To Do at Home

Many assume that the only way to get the body they want is to purchase a gym membership; however, exercising at home can burn fat and calories just as well!

As someone that lost 85 pounds, my weight loss journey started by exercising and burning fat at home. A variety of methods and exercises helped get my first 35 pounds off.

The key to losing weight, burning fat, and being healthy is mindfulness- check out this article for tips on mindful eating. Being mindful of your nutrition and food consumption is so important. It is, the most important factor of health, wellness, fat burn, and weight loss.

Everyone begins their weight loss journey for different reasons, at different points in life. Whatever the reason, you deserve a round of applause! This is a huge decision and it means that you are aware! There is strength and power in that!

In this article, we’ll look into the most effective fat burning weight loss exercises to do at home and why you should start trying.

What is Fat Burning?

Fat burning comes from the metabolism. The metabolism works to turn food into energy.

As we begin to be more mindful of food choices, calorie intake, and exercise, our bodies begin to burn fat. The body starts using the energy stored in the fat cells as fuel and it stops storing away fat.

When fat is used as energy, it means that it is being burned. If you want to learn more about fat burning, take a look at this article: How to Be Healthy and Lose Fat

Benefits of Exercising at Home

As mentioned earlier, my first 35 pounds were lost working out at home. For me, I needed to be comfortable. At the time, the gym meant experienced with proper form; I was neither.

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No matter the type of workout, the method or the location, commitment and dedication is key. Exercising at home for fat burn/loss is affordable, convenient, and with a variety.

There are no monthly/annual membership fees. You will be in the comfort of your own home and schedule. You have choices! You can use videos, games, and phone apps.

How to Plan for Exercising from Home

Creating a schedule and sticking to it is very important. It goes back to commitment and dedication. Have you considered the time of day that works best for you? Would a split exercise schedule work (split between morning and evening)?

You have to define your exercise plan, what will your fitness plan look like? Have you selected a dedicated space in your home? Consider transforming an area in the garage, basement, bedroom. I turned my second bedroom into my half office half gym.

Do you need equipment? Consider the need for floor mats, weight racks, cardio equipment, videos or DVD’s.

What about accountability? Consider an exercise buddy or accountability partner.

Having a set plan will help increase motivation. Motivation is going to be necessary to embark on and to stay committed to exercising for fat burn and weight loss. A supportive social environment is also extremely important.

The 10 Most Effective Exercises to Do at Home

1. Elliptical

Ellipticals are designed to be low impact, so they are easy on the joints. They are also versatile because they offer a range of intensities, speeds, and resistance.

For maximum burning, add an incline to your workout. This will activate conditioning in the legs and glutes. Lower inclines and increased intensity work good for the quads.

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2. Jumping Rope

Athletes, especially Boxer’s, are known for training with this fat burning exercise.

Besides being one cheap piece of equipment, the benefits are amazing. Jumping rope helps strengthen footwork, builds and strengthens upper back and shoulders, enhances coordination, and also allows one to burn about 500 calories in just 30 minutes.

Intervals are the best way to engage in this workout. Many are unable to jump rope for 30 minutes straight.

This is also a great hotel and travel workout for the frequent traveler. Simply throw the rope into your suitcase and you will be able to continue your commitment to burning fat while traveling.

3. Kettle Bells

This is a great workout! It is a combined- double impact workout. It offers cardio and strength training all in one.

The calories burned are both aerobic calorie (activity that can be maintained for a long period of time) and anaerobic exercises (activity that cannot be sustained for long). Consider this the cardio exercise that builds muscle.

A great way to make this exercise fun and create a group workout is to use Shred it With Weights, a method came up by Jillian Michael, who creates an empowering vibe with unique alternatives for injuries.

4. Running/Walking Stairs (No Equipment Needed)

Like the kettle bell, stair climbing is both cardio/aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Stair climbing burns fat by utilizing the largest metabolically active muscles. It conditions and strengthens many parts of the body:

  • Works out the lower body- legs, glutes, and quads
  • Increases core muscle strength
  • Tones the body
  • Helps build bone strength because it is a weight bearing exercise (weight bearing exercises are known as the best for burning fat means weight training).
  • Is a low impact workout meaning it is easy on the joints.

5. Bike Riding

Bike riding — both stationary and not, have great fat burning benefits. To get there, the intensity has to be moderate.

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Maximizing the calorie and fat burn require interval training. Consider doing really high intensity for a few minutes then decreasing the intensity for a few minutes, and so on.

Like stairs and kettle bell, bike riding is an aerobic anaerobic- cardio and strength.

6. Push-ups

Push-ups

can be done everywhere. They are easy with explosive benefits: posture improvement, whole body muscle toning, strengthens vitality, and helps prevent shoulder and back injuries.

Because push-ups build muscle, and muscle means leans muscle mass, push-ups contribute to your body working harder to keep the system running, hence, burning fat.

7. Jumping Jacks

This exercise forces you to work all of your muscles at once. This means that your body is working extra hard therefore, increasing your heart rate and burning a lot of calories and fat.

Jumping jacks are known to be one the best cardio workouts. Because of the full body usage, it is one of the fastest ways to burn fat.

8. Agility Ladder

An agility ladder offers a really inexpensive yet effective and versatile workout. It offers cardio and strength training benefits, making it full impact.

There are a variety of movements that can be done: sideways walking/ shuffles, a variety of hopping, backward lunges, etc.

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This is a great beginners video:

9. Squat Jumps

Squats jumps offer amazing toning benefits for glutes, calves, hamstrings, quadriceps, and core. They are considered a plyometric workout- an exercise that builds power.

With more power, we re able to generate force faster. These benefits offer aging benefits, helping with functionality as we age.

10. Mountain Climbers

Mountain climbers are great for belly fat. This is a core strengthening workout, targeting hips and shoulders. The more intensity used, the more effective, which leads to greater fat loss.

Here’s how to do it:

    Final Words

    Exercising from home is a great way to burn fat. It is cost effective and can fit into any schedule. It is a good idea to review your plan with your Physician.

    Equally important- mindfulness. Mindfulness is the key to fat burning and losing weight. A proper diet and commitment to your goals is the perfect recipe for weight loss success!

    Remember, exercising from home doesn’t have to be lonely. As stated above, it is a great idea to have an accountability partner(s) and/or create group workouts from home. Even if your group members are not local, jump on Skype, face time, WhatsApp, etc. and you can still have a fat burning group exercise!

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    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

    At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

    Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

    One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

    When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

    So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

    Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

    This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

    Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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    When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

    Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

    One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

    Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

    An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

    When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

    Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

    Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

    We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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    By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

    Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

    While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

    I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

    You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

    Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

    When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

    Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

    Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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    Con #2: Less Human Interaction

    One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

    Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

    Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

    This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

    While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

    Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

    Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

    This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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    For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

    Con #4: Unique Distractions

    Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

    For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

    To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

    Final Thoughts

    Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

    We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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