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Published on January 25, 2019

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!

    Featured photo credit: Luis Quintero via unsplash.com

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    How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

    How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

    Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

    Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

    I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

    You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

    Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

    When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

    I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

    Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

    Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

    Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

    1. The Inner Critic

    This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

    • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
    • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
    • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
    • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

    The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

    Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

    2. The Worrier

    This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

    The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

    3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

    This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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    This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

    The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

    4. The Sleep Depriver

    This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

    The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

    • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
    • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
    • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
    • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

    How can you control these squatters?

    How to Master Your Mind

    You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

    Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

    There are two ways to control your thoughts:

    • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
    • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

    This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

    The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

    Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

    For the Inner Critic

    When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

    You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

    For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

    You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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    “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

    If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

    • They rile up the Worrier.
    • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
    • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
    • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
    • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

    Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

    Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

    For the Worrier

    Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

    Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

    You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

    • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
    • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
    • Muscles tense

    Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

    If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

    Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

    “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

    Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

    If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

    Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

    Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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    For example:

    If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

    “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

    Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

    “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

    Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

    For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

    Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

    The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

    • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
    • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
    • Muscles tension

    I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

    Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

    Breathe in through your nose:

    • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
    • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
    • Focus on your belly rising.

    Breathe out through your nose:

    • Feel your lungs emptying.
    • Focus on your belly falling.
    • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

    Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

    Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

    One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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    Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

    For the Sleep Depriver

    (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

    I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

    Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

    1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
    2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

    When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

    From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

    For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

    If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

    You can also use this technique any time you want to:

    • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
    • Shut down your thinking.
    • Calm your feelings.
    • Simply focus on the present moment. 

    The Bottom Line

    Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

    You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

    Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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