I read a great article in Women’s Health Magazine which explains that all workouts are not created equal. The bottom line: choose your workouts based on your goal. The article not only offers an explanation, it outlines the workout routine for each goal. Read the full article “How to lose 5, 10 or 20 pounds” by Lara Rosenbaum. I’ve highlighted a few key points below.
To Lose 20 pounds: “The more you weight, the more calories you burn during easier workouts, like brisk walking. So a small, consistent effort will help you shed pounds early on and seeing those quick results will motivate you to stay on track.” See the fitness routine.
To Lose 10 pounds: “Strength training is key. Adding resistance builds muscle and helps you burn more calories during (and after!) your workout. In fact, researchers found that women who did strength training increased their resting metabolic rate (the calories your body needs to get through the day).” See the fitness routine.
To Lose 5 pounds: “The hardest goal of all to achieve. A surefire solution: plyometrics. These explosive moves are great muscle builders, get your heart rate up, and work multiple muscles at a time—all of which leads to an extreme calorie burn.” See the fitness routine.
I shared this article with Dr. Fitdigits (Brandon) who has a lot of experience with weight lifting and Brandon concurs, “When you have a lot of weight to lose but not much muscle, it’s best to start with body weight exercise. If you already have muscle but still need to lose that last few pounds, quick movements (plyometrics) instead of lifting heavy weights is the best way to go.”
To track heart rate and caloric burn for these workouts, set your Fitdigits heart rate monitor to Cardio. Let us know if this advice has helped you.