The 50 all-time best exercises for weight loss

Stationary machine workouts

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If you’re worried about the scary effects of stress, consider cardio on a stationary machine like an elliptical or an exercise bike. Most fitness experts — Mansour included — highlight the importance of combining cardio and strength training in a weight-loss regimen. “As a private weight-loss coach, I help my clients to lose weight quickly [and] cardio is great for that to reduce stress, burn calories in the moment and improve cardiovascular shape,” she said.

High-intensity interval training

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On her blog, Michaels credited high-intensity interval training, also referred to as “HIIT,” as an incredibly effective regimen for burning calories and quickly accelerating your fitness level — both key to losing weight. “[HIIT] is about pushing yourself during short bursts of your workout session so you’re exercising at close to 100 percent of your maximum heart rate (MHR) and then recovering at a lower intensity of roughly 60-70 percent of your MHR,” she wrote. “These intervals can range anywhere from 20 seconds to two minutes, depending on your level of fitness.” To figure out your MHR, subtract your age from 220. If you’re 35, your MHR is 185 beats per minute.

Single-leg balance exercises

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Harvard Medical School lists balance exercises as one of the four most important exercises to incorporate into your routine because they help to combat the natural loss of balance experienced in aging. Maintaining excellent balance is directly related to being able to continue to do other workouts to help your weight-loss goals and one of the most important tips for healthy aging.

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