The How

The first thing to understand about the way your body works is that it’s not just one uniform entity. In fact, the many muscle groups inside your body are more of a wide conglomeration of totally different entities, working together toward a common result. For this reason, you should always keep in mind the different muscle groups, and use equipment that targets each of them. Every group needs a little bit of attention, without either neglect or too much focus on one.

Your body has 11 major muscle groups, all of which require a little attention. First among these is the abs, which you actually have already, they’re just covered by a layer of body fat, which you’ll start shedding when you start working out. Your biceps and forearms should always be paid attention to, considering how much you use those muscles in everyday life. But if you want big arms, don’t forget about your triceps. Your trapezius, often called your traps is what we call that huge upper back muscle that forms a triangle across the upper portion of your back, point facing downward. This spreads out into your shoulders, which are a different muscle group altogether, and you should never forget about your back, one of the most important muscle groups in your body and one of the easiest to mess up. Your chest is a muscle group that you’ll want to show off as it comes together, and down in your legs you have your quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves.

For strength enhancement in your upper body muscle groups, dumbbells are always a good choice. Easily portable, not taking up much space and having loads of benefits, dumbbells will get you stronger, faster.

Everyone knows all about the benefits of running, and with a treadmill you can do it at home. When it comes to weight loss workouts, there’s few things quite at burning those nasty little calories. Alternatively, you could get an elliptical machine, particularly if you have joint issues, as the gentle gliding motion of your steps will have less of a painful impact.

Stationary bikes provide all of the benefits of real bicycles, and are a good choice if you’re not in an area where riding a bicycle is a good idea. If you want to go all out though, a great spin bike will put you in good stead for a massive cardio blast.

Every pound matters. Just one pound of fat is made up of about 3,500 extra calories that you don’t want or need. That means that in order to lose just that one pound, you’re going to need to create a caloric deficit of 3,500 calories. This may sound like a lot, but again, it really just comes down to eating less and working out more.

Here are some examples, to get you started. If you peddle on a stationary bike for about 30 minutes, a 125-pound person will burn off 210 calories, a 155-pound person will burn about 260 calories, and a 185-pound person burns 311 calories. Alternatively, if you’re lifting weights for the same length of time, the 125-pound person will burn 90 calories, the 155-pound person burns 112, and a 185-pound person burns 133. To round it out, 30 minutes of rowing, for a person who weighs 150-200 pounds, can burn off anywhere from 125-405 calories, depending on how vigorously you do it. If you weigh 300 pounds, you can burn off anywhere from 250-610 calories, and if you weigh 400 pounds, a strenuous effort at the rowing machine will burn off 800 calories. It’s all about how much you put into it. The harder you work, the more your results pay off, the better you’ll start to feel and the more weight you’ll lose, faster.

It’s all about what you put into it, staying consistent on a daily basis, eating less and better, lowering your calorie intake, keeping your various muscle groups balanced out, and having the right equipment. Working out regularly is definitely a big change at first for people used to living a sedentary lifestyle, so you have to stay focused and not lose sight of the goal. But with a little work you can reap the benefits for the rest of your life, and be a happier, healthier you.