Weight Loss Workout For Women – Finding the Perfect One For You!

weight-loss-workoutWomen have special needs, that much we can all agree to. When it comes to losing weight, that is an even more important fact. There are plenty of workout programs out there that can help you lose a lot of weight, and fast, but which one is right for you? All you have to do is look at what you need, what kind of workout you are looking for, and whether or not you are willing to use a pre-made, DVD style workout. Let’s take a look at everything as a whole, and then you can make a decision for yourself.

What Women Want

I was wary of extreme cardio routines and ones that required me to lift heavy weights. No woman wants to bulk up or lose their womanly figure, so how do you find a happy medium? What you should focus on are things that burn fat from your entire body, but ones that also focus on your lower body to keep your thighs and butt in shape. A woman’s shape is important, so make sure that you know what you are getting into if you want to preserve it!

Choosing A Workout

As a woman, you should focus on a workout that will give you a blend of muscle training and cardiovascular exercise, but doesn’t rely to heavily on each. A nice blend of the two will help you lose weight like never before, and keep it off too. More importantly, it should be centered around your lower body. There is nothing wrong with doing some upper body work, but a lower body workout is what will get your butt in shape and keep it firm.

weight_loss_exercises_for_womenYou probably also want something that will be easy to follow, even when you have a busy life that requires you to be on call for children emergencies, soccer practice, dinner, doctor’s appointments, and more. If it is too complicated, or too long, there is a good chance that you will skip a day here and there, but before long you will decide to take a week off and it’s all down hill from there.

What you should stay away from, on the other hand, is an extreme cardio workout that doesn’t do anything for your muscles. Simply burning off as much fat as possible will help lose your hips and thighs, which your significant other might not be too fond of. In a similar way, you are probably going to have to eat much more if you stick to a strength heavy routine. That only adds to the chances that you will build muscle, rather than lose fat.

If you want to try both separately, I can give you some quick recommendations. Do this strength workout three times a week and the cardio two times. For example: Strength on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Cardio on Tuesday and Thursday.

Strength

  • weight-loss-workout-for-womenPush Ups: 12 reps
  • Squats: 12 reps
  • Crunches: 20 reps

Do each of these in a circuit. Work up the reps as well as you improve. Do the three exercises, rest for 30 seconds, and then start from the beginning. You might have to just make it through one cycle the first time you do it, though. Don’t worry! It happens to everyone.

Cardio

  • Intervals on a stationary bicycle
  • 30 seconds on and 30 seconds of rest
  • Go all out for the 30 seconds!!!!!
  • Warm up and cool down for 5 minutes

Premade Workout Programs

Beachbody sells a variety of premade workout routines on DVD that will help you get into the best shape of your life. They range from the beginner to the most advanced athlete and surely there is something that can fit your needs.

Take a look at these programs:

  • Insanity

    • Insanity was created by Shaun T and is one of the most intense workouts that you can ever find. It is based on intervals that will have you  working hard for 3 minutes before resting. Pushups, squats, mountain climbers, hurdle jumps, and more are all a part of these intense routines. At about 45 minutes each, they are easy to fit into your day as long as you make time for them.
  • Brazil But Lift

    • Brazil But Lift, while perhaps not as intense as Insanity, is much more fun and focuses on all the areas that you want to keep in shape. I love the music that plays during the workouts and the instructor is always up eat and excited to show you what to do. These workouts range from 20 minutes to 45, but they are all fun and strenuous.

Whether you want to try a workout DVD or use bodyweight conditioning to keep your muscles in check, there are perfect ways to get into shape. Eating healthy food is always a good start, but a routine like one of these will get you much further. If you still need help with the diet, though, the Beachbody products come with diet plans with planned meals that can help you stay on a diet that will give you the best results.