You love wearing sleeveless tops and shorts but for way too long you’ve been embarrassed about the dimply skin around your arms and thighs. It looks ugly and makes you too conscious and no matter how hard you try to lift those weights and run on the treadmill, it doesn’t go away. That is stubborn fat called cellulite.
But fret not. The skinniest people have cellulite too. It’s nothing but fat beneath the skin which pushes against the connective tissue and causes the skin to dimple. Here are some exercises that can help get rid of fat quick and also boost your metabolism so that you continue to keep burning calories long after you’re done with your workout.
There is no end to the numerous benefits that skipping offers. It is a great exercise for the entire body and helps you become more agile and can also aid in getting beautiful skin. Can you think of any other workout that uses your abdominals, shoulders, wrists, arms and legs all at the same time? And it’s the best fat burning workout you can try. Plus, it’s cheap.
Moreover, you can start off at a slow pace and pick it up with time. It will help you build stamina and stability with time. So, wipe that dust off the skipping rope and get started.
How many minutes of skipping should you do?
Aim for at least 15 minutes of skipping thrice a week and you can increase with time.
One of my favorite exercises if I’m running short of time and need to work the entire body. A lot of fitness experts say it’s the only exercise you need. There is probably no other exercise that burns fat, strengthens muscles and conditions your body all at once.
How do you do a burpee?
Stand straight with your feet shoulder width apart. Now, get down into a squat and place both your hands on the floor right in front of you.
Now, push both your legs back and get into a pushup position.
Now, get back into a low squat with your hands just outside your legs.
Jump up straight and clap your hands (for the slice of cake)!
Once you’ve mastered the basic burpee, you can add a lot of variations to it like a pushup, or squats etc.
3. MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS
Yet another fat blasting workout, mountain climbers work on different muscle groups simultaneously. You’re working your shoulders, triceps, abs and legs like crazy. Plus, you’re also learning to balance your core and build stamina.
How to do a mountain climber?
Get into a pushup position. Keep your core tight and your shoulders protracted (hunched). Keep your glutes tight too.
Now, slowly take your right leg forward in such a way that it is between your arms. Crunch your abs completely. Make sure that you don’t lift or drop your hips.
As you bring your right leg back, take your left leg forward in the same motion.
Continue doing this for at least 10 counts.
Again, once you get the hang of the basic mountain climber, you can move on to many variations that target your obliques and sides. You can also try keeping your hands on an elevated platform which will make it more difficult and hence burn more calories.
4. RUSSIAN TWISTS
A great exercise for the entire abdominal region, Russian twists are rumored to have originated in Russia during the Cold War period. The seated Russian twist works on the rectus abdominus and the obliques.
How to do a seated Russian twist
Sit on the floor and keep your knees bent. For starters, you can keep your feet on the floor. To make it more difficult, you can lift your feet up and for the next level you can straighten out your knees.
Lean back slightly, till you feel the burn in your stomach. Make sure that your back is straight and not curved.
Start twisting your torso towards the right. Keep your hands in front of your chest and as you twist, try to touch the floor.
Continue doing this till you hit about 10 reps on each side.
With time ,you can make your Russian twist harder by doing it with dumbbells or a medicine ball.
It is the simplest exercise but provides a lot of gains to your abdominal region. Besides getting a toned tummy, you can work on your shoulders, glutes and hamstrings. It also helps in improving your posture and works on the deepest muscles of the core.
How to do the plank?
Lie down on your stomach. Now, take the support of your elbows and get up. Make sure that your wrists are in line with your elbows.
While you get up, imagine that someone is punching you in the stomach and brace for it by tightening your core muscles. Bend your neck in such a way that you’re holding an egg between your chin and chest.
Tighten your glutes and legs. Now, hold in this position for at least 20-30 seconds. Take a break after that and repeat this four to five times.
So, these are some really effective exercises that you should start doing now. Take about 20-30 minutes everyday and do these. The best part about these workouts is that you can do them anywhere and they require no equipment whatsoever. Do them continuously for a month and you will find the difference. Not only will you see fat loss, but you will feel fitter and more athletic.