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If you are looking to burn more fat with your workouts, just doing cardio and weight training might not get you to where you want to be. Another good option is to mix up your workouts and add in some yoga. Here are some of the best yoga poses for burning more fat and helping you to lose weight.
Down Dog Split
This yoga pose is similar to a down dog pose, but it is going to have a slight variation called a split. You will start the yoga pose by getting into the downward dog position, then move one of your legs up, which helps to open your hip at the same time. Do this while inhaling a breath. Then when you let out the air by exhaling, you will round your knee close to your nose, pulling up your leg to your abdomen. Now release it and repeat with the other side. Keep doing this for about 10 reps on each leg and you will burn a lot of fat and calories from the movements.
A simple plank is a yoga pose that packs a lot of power and is great for burning more fat. Planks look simple when you see other people do them until you attempt them yourself. It really is a full-body workout that you can do just about anywhere. A plank is done by getting on your hands and knees on the ground, then lifting your body with your hands flat on the ground and your toes resting on the ground. The rest of your body is lifted off the ground, from your arms down to your legs.
The wheel yoga pose is more of an advanced pose but will also work out your entire body and help you to burn more fat. You will start this pose on your back laying on your yoga mat, bending your knees and keeping your feet off the ground similar to starting a sit-up. Your elbows should be bent, with your hands on the sides of your head. Now start moving your hands and feet at the same time while lifting your hips. This tuck motion looks like an abdominal crunch, but you are focusing on your breathing the entire time.
Try taking a yoga class like hot yoga to burn even more calories and lose weight while doing the poses.
In terms of your workouts while losing weight, they should not just be cardio. Weight training is really important for everyone, whether you are trying to burn fat or just be healthier overall. Here are some of the top benefits of adding weight training to your workout routine.
It Helps to Burn More Fat
Have you heard that muscle weighs more than fat? That is true, which is why many people look much leaner and wear smaller sizes in clothing, but the scale says they weigh more. This is because they have built up muscle through weight training, which is actually helping to burn more fat and calories. So they look thinner and more toned, but technically weigh more. This is why you shouldn’t always pay attention to the scale, but work on weight training to look and feel better.
You Will Sleep Better
Weight training and working out your muscles gives you more energy during the day, but when it is time to rest and go to sleep, you will also sleep better. This is why after a day working hard at the gym, you practically fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. With better sleep, you are also burning more fat and will have a better metabolism when you wake up, so this works great for you all around.
You Can Support Your Bones and Muscles
Nearly every part of your body benefits from weight training, including having better strength and support in your body for your muscles, bones, and tissue. Strength training helps to improve your bone density and will prevent bone loss as you age. Your muscles and tissue also get stronger, reducing potential injuries later in life. All of this is good news when you are trying to lose weight and want to avoid injuries that could keep you from your regular workouts.
It Gives a Better Quality of Life
As you can see from the benefits, weight training gives you a better quality of life. You avoid injury, lose weight faster and easier by burning more fat, and will just look and feel better overall. There are a lot of reasons to add weight training to your fitness routine and not many reasons to avoid doing it.
You don’t have to spend hours every day working on weights either; try a simple circuit training session at your gym or some kettlebell videos that you can do right in your living room.
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