Fitness expert and creator of the P90X fitness program, Tony Horton, explains how total body exercises can help you reach your weight loss goals. Watch Tony's video for tips and information on fitness, health and wellness.
The best types of exercise to lose weight are ones that burn calories, help speed your metabolism, and equally important, ones that you enjoy. There are many activities that burn calories. Anything that elevates your heart rate (from shoveling snow to playing soccer) can be considered cardiovascular in nature. Weight loss is all about burning calories, and the longer and more intensely you exercise, the more calories you'll burn.
Exercise also has the ability to speed up your metabolism, in particular, resistance training. Strength training helps build lean muscle, and lean muscle has a higher metabolic rate than body fat. Adding even a little new muscle means that your body will burn more calories everyday than it did without it. The form of resistance you choose is up to you. Free weights, exercise bands, machines, and even your own body weight are excellent choices. Combining resistance training with cardiovascular exercise may be the quickest way of reaching your weight loss goals.
It's also important to find activities that you enjoy. Weight loss does not happen overnight, and to be able to stick to a workout program, it's nice to actually look forward to exercising.