Of the two sexes, male and female, women definitely got the shorter end of the stick when it comes to losing weight. Women lose weight at a slower rate than men because they have a slower metabolism and tend to store more fat. I know, I know, this is unfair; A man can gobble up hotwings during a game and then play a game of b-ball and be fine, but a woman eats a bagel with extra cream cheese and no matter what she does, she puffs up.
I’m exaggerating a bit, but in reality, women tend to be much more frustrated about losing weight than men. That’s because losing weight is more difficult for women. Fortunately for the fair sex, there are weight loss exercises for women that really work and can help any woman lose some unwanted weight.
Exercise n. # 1: jogging
An ordinary woman doesn’t have time to run 5-6 miles a day. Fortunately, that is not really necessary to lose weight. The best way to lose weight is to stay active as much as possible, and that means jogging. Jogging is a less intense, less impactful form of running that can be done three times a week, for 30 minutes at a time, and still work.
For those new moms, jogging behind a stroller is just as good (and even better, I say).
Exercise # 2: Spinning
I know that many think of Pilates as a fad exercise. Actually, however, Pilates is a good way to get active and increase your metabolic and cardiovascular performance. This is basically riding a bike without going anywhere. There are spinning classes that offer motivation and discipline, in addition to the social connection that many women miss with exercise (and that many men don’t seem to lose at all).
Exercise n. # 3: weight training
This is more of an exercise type than an exercise, per se, but it is still important. Did you know that muscle requires more energy per day for its own maintenance and performance than fat? That seems pretty sensible, right? Well, it also means that building muscle can help you lose weight and not just make it stronger. Of course, few women want to grow up, but luckily almost all women can add a little muscle, look better, lose weight faster, and still not seem like they spend their time eating raw meat and living in the gym.
Exercise # 4: Kickboxing
Usually it’s the men who are in the movies blowing things up and beating up the villains. But women can get in on this too (well, minus the bang part). Kickboxing is a great way to improve your cardiovascular health because it stimulates your aerobic capacity and tones your muscles. Plus, it’s fun, and for women, it can be incredibly empowering.
I recommend signing up for a class and taking a friend or two on a trip. Just don’t hit them.