We are now six months into 2018 and a lot has happened. Perhaps one of those things is that we may have gained a little weight.
It’s easy to hit the gym hard at the beginning of the year in order to fulfill our perennial New Year’s Resolution to lose weight, but most of us lose steam a few weeks in and thus begins our yearly weight gain. The great thing is, halfway through the year, we can reset and get our health and fitness in order.
The second half of the year is filled with holidays and traditions that involve a whole lot of eating. It’s sometimes very hard to watch our weight during this period. Luckily, there is a myriad of great workouts to try in the next six months that will prepare you for the final half of 2018.
Let’s revisit some of the amazing workouts that have proven to help you lose excess weight quickly and safely, and keep it off for good.
Lost control in the first half of the year? Let’s take back control of our health and fitness. Today, Evolve Daily shares three great workouts you can try to lose weight in the second half of 2018.
1) Martial Arts
Martial arts is one of the most popular health and fitness programs today. The quick and rapid rise of mixed martial arts as a sport has seen an increase of interest in martial arts training for the regular gym goer. Those looking for an alternative to the traditional gym setting need to look no further. Martial arts is the perfect, complete, full-body workout that you’ve been looking for.
Whether it is training in the gentle art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, hitting the pads with thunderous combinations in boxing, or learning how to use all ‘eight limbs’ in the art of Muay Thai, martial arts is guaranteed to keep you hooked on being fit and losing weight for the longest you’ve ever been.
Its holistic approach to health and fitness affects many aspects of practitioners’ lives, from enhancing sharpness and focus, improving cognitive function, to increasing self-confidence and fostering leadership skills. Martial arts is not just a fitness program, it is a way of life and the breadth and scope of the study is incredibly vast.
Many people spend years practicing martial arts while inheriting its deep-rooted values. It not only gets you in the best shape of your life and works great as a weight loss program for the second half of the year, but it also improves the quality of daily life and everything it entails.
2) High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
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High-Intensity Interval Training or HIIT has gotten a lot of publicity over the past decade, with popular commercialized workouts such as Insanity or P90x hitting up television infomercials all over the world. And it’s popular for good reason — because it works.
The idea is fairly simple. HIIT is a method of training where practitioners give all-out effort through quick, intense patches of five-minute workouts, with active rest and recovery periods in between, which last around 30 seconds to a minute. HIIT is known to keep the heart rate elevated at all times, and at different intervals, which burns more calories in less time.
One of the biggest reasons HIIT has become so popular over the years is because it can really melt away the inches off your waistline in a short period. Most HIIT sessions usually only last around 30 minutes, with a maximum of one hour to achieve desired results.
HIIT is a great way to keep the heart rate up, maintain interest by performing a variety of different exercises, and burn calories in a challenging workout.
Plyometrics are workouts that force muscles to exert full force in quick bursts, with the goal of enhancing athletic performance. Practitioners report back with an increase in both speed and power.
The movements utilize the strength and the elasticity of the muscle tissues to strengthen muscle contractions, therefore causing an individual to move faster, jump higher, punch harder, and the like. It is popular among athletes to improve athletic performance in any sport.
Plyometric exercises consist of two different phases: the lengthening phase and the shortening phase. The short explosive bursts target fast-twitch muscle fibers, which not only increase physical capacity but also improve flexibility. Some examples of plyometric exercises include jump rope and jumping jacks.
Regular practice of plyometrics is both safe and effective in the fight against obesity. It is great for people of all ages, from children to adults, and of all body types.
If done correctly, Plyometrics can help enhance an existing workout and help you lose weight fast within the next six months.
So if you’re looking to finally get started on that New Year’s resolution to get in shape, here’s your chance!
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