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Stomach Stapling and Gastric Banding – For extreme results!

Stomach stapling (also referred to as gastric band surgery or gastric stapling surgery) is a means for people to reduce their appetites, by way of banding the stomach so it is divided into two sections. When the stomach is isolated into two sections, a person’s intake for food drastically decreases. This method for weight loss is specifically effective in obese patients who have not seen results from other surgical or nonsurgical means of losing weight. This surgery is mostly done for only the most extreme cases.

Not all people who want to lose weight are feasible candidates for the procedure. Viable applicants of bariatric surgery are those who have a BMI (body mass index) over 40, women 80 pounds or more over their desired weight, men who are 100 pounds or more over their desired weight, or people who have a BMI of 35 with accompanying weight-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, or sleep apnea.

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For the people who qualify for such a procedure, benefits are life-changing and remarkable.  Many patients have reached their health goals with this extreme surgery, some of which include lower blood sugar, lower blood pressure, reduction in sleep apnea, decreased stress levels on the heart, lower cholesterol levels, and of course, weight loss. There are three variations of the surgery that offer different results for different people’s needs. They include:

  • Adjustable Gastric Banding (AGB) – This procedure includes affixing an flexible band around the top portion of the stomach and proceeding to tighten it, much like a belt. This in turn forms a small pouch, which acts as the “new stomach” and drains into the second section of the stomach.
  • Vertical Banded Gastroplasty – This procedure employs a method that uses both staples and banding. It also creates a pouch, which acts as the new stomach, with a small opening that leads the food into the second section of the stomach.
  • Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy – This procedure only uses staples to actually remove a section of the stomach. This surgery is irreversible, but very effective.

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After having one of the surgeries, stomachs of patients are only able to hold about three-quarters to one cup of food, all of which must be chewed thoroughly. If one happens to eat more than the stomach allows, they will experience nausea and vomiting. As one would expect from such a drastic procedure, it is not without its dangers and side effects; some of which include (but are not limited to) blood clots, infection, pneumonia, bleeding ulcers, gallstones, nausea, poor nutrition, scarring, vomiting, and leakage of stomach fluid.

Because the side effects from this procedure can be extremely dangerous, the decision to have stomach stapling done must be thoroughly analyzed, with the long-term benefits greatly outweighing the costs and dangers.  Basically, unless you are at a high risk for dying without the procedure, then it’s not going to be a viable option for you.

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Real Secrets to Losing Weight

In a world where your appearance is critiqued by everyone no matter what you do, it is natural to want to shed a few pounds if you are feeling uncomfortable with your size. Sadly, we should not feel so hard on ourselves in an effort to meet some kind of obscure objective that is not applicable or helpful to our daily lives.

Now that I have gotten that out of the way, let’s look at the actual ways you could lose weight if that is something you would like to do. Remember, I am not a physician and these recommendations are based on research, but do not replace treatment and information that can be provided by your doctor. If you have any health conditions, you really need to ask a doctor before embarking on a weight loss journey.

  1. Weight loss means a change in lifestyle. It is a huge misconception that you can simply go on a diet to shed a few pounds and then return to your normal habits. You have to commit to a healthier lifestyle and follow it every day. Do not give yourself “cheat days,” because this is encouraging an unhealthy look at weight loss.
  2. Remind yourself of why you would like to lose weight. Look at weight loss as something to attain. What is your motivation behind it? Do you have an event coming up or are you just trying to become a healthier version of yourself. If you are thinking just in the short-term, look at it this way: wouldn’t it be easier to be the healthiest version of yourself all of the time so you look that way at every event you go to?

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  1. Ditch the scale. Obsessing over the number on the scale is completely counterproductive. Shows like The Biggest Loser put a lot of emphasis on what the scale actually shows rather than the lifestyle choices that are being changed for the better. Muscle weighs more than fat, which can make it seem like you have not lost weight when you actually have. Instead gauge your progress on how your clothes look and how you feel about yourself. If you see your pants are getting looser, it is showing you the progress without making you worry about a number on the scale.
  2. Build your routine and stay with it. One of the most effective weight loss tips I had ever received was to schedule yourself a time to work out daily. Reserve a place in your calendar for exercise. Whether it is taking a walk, going for a swim, or heading to the gym, making time for your workout routine will make it more likely to happen. Scheduling a slot daily will also give you more flexibility to miss a workout when you need to, knowing that your routine will pick right back up the next day. Sitting on your couch for 30 minutes means that was 30 minutes that you were not moving when you could have been.
  3. Hone in your inner cook. Do not buy prepackaged foods. The ease of having processed foods on hand is tempting as well as addicting, allowing you to get away from having to spend the time cooking a meal for yourself or your family. The issue is that you cannot control what is in a premade meal, but you can control what goes into your food. Go grocery shopping and try to not buy any processed foods, opting instead for fresh fruits and vegetables. Then you need to build a habit and schedule around creating a healthy meal for you daily. Once it becomes a habit, you will wonder why you had not been doing it all along.

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Dangers of Following Fad Diets

With the obsession our society has with weight loss and maintaining a slim physique that nearly seems impossible at times, it makes sense that in our capitalist world people will look to make a profit. Some of these people are medical professionals, but most are not. They provide ideas to help you lose weight with the intention of making a profit rather than having you succeed in your weight loss journey. If you think about it, if their products are actually effective, you would not need to use them anymore once you made goal weight and they would be down a customer. Some of these fads are worse and more dangerous than others, especially when they are promoted by celebrities who are also profiting off of your insecurity.

My advice is be skeptical when it comes to weight loss treatments and the best solution is to speak with your doctor before you jump on a weight loss bandwagon.

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  1. They encourage unhealthy weight loss. Many fad diets will have you restricting parts of your diet, depriving you of essential nutrients, causing anemia, and effectively making you unhealthier than you were before you began dieting.
  2. They will make you tired. Because you are not getting all of the calories and nutrients that you need to function throughout your day, you will have trouble keeping focused and alert throughout your day. It is too easy to deprive your body of brain-building calories, making your body go into sleep mode, conserving your energy.
  3. You can develop serious digestive issues. Weight loss fads do not just run the risk of being ineffective. They can damage your body in other ways as well, including messing up your digestive tract to where it either causes diarrhea or constipation.
  4. You will become dehydrated. One of the fastest ways to drop weight is to eliminate the water from your body. Many of the fad diets include forcing your body to drop weight faster than it can but removing water weight. Of course this does not actually work to help you lose weight since you need water to survive and once you rehydrate, it will all be back. Dehydration is also terrible for you and counterproductive in weight loss, since your body will not be able to properly operate when dehydrated.

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  1. They do not reflect lifestyle changes. The most effective way to lose weight is to alter your lifestyle so you are more actively and eating better as a force of habit rather than a struggle. Fad diets do not promote a long-term solution to weight loss, but instead offer a “get fit now” gimmick that has no real longevity and is not actually good for you. Altering your lifestyle choices to adhere to a healthier life will create a healthier you that is actually good for you and sustainable.
  2. They lie. To put it bluntly, most fad diets are a lie. They write up false claims by consumers who do not actually exist. Before and after pictures that boast the success of the diets are altered either through Photoshop, change in lighting, change in demure, makeup, tanning, stance, and even sometimes with a completely different people representing both the before and after. They are often not based on anything at all, but make it sound like a good idea to get you to buy a product.
  3. They don’t work anyway. The worst part about fad diets is that you put in a lot of time and money into trying to buy your way to a slim waistline, only to have it not work for you. Stick with the tried and true methods of weight loss; eat well and exercise regularly.

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All Bodies are Good Bodies

I feel that when we are looking at the ways that people are trying to lose weight in the western world, that we need to have a bigger discussion. Naturally the media is inundating us with standards that are impossible to obtain, especially with Photoshop, but at the same time, we are constantly reminded that these are unfair standards, making popular culture a giant hypocrite. We need to instead look at the idea of how we approach bodies, working with all of the noise instead of heading into a fight that you simply cannot win. We cannot defeat the images that are in the media and trying to eliminate them is only going to set us up for failure.

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Size does not Matter

I am sure you have heard this term mostly in context of male anatomy, but it applies to clothing sizes as well. Every brand of clothing operates on different measurements for sizes, especially in women’s clothing. There is no real justification for it, but it is just seems to be the case.

That said, when you go to a store and let’s say you try on a size 14. This 14 does not mean that you are overweight or says anything about your health. The size is completely arbitrary. It does not mean that you need to lose weight or change anything about yourself. It is just a number than some random person happened to slap onto that size. The idea of the “size 0” model is ludicrous. Those women exist and should not be criticized, but likewise, their size does not mean anything either. A size 0 should not be made fun of for not being a size 14. It makes no sense.

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Your Health is Most Important

We have a sickness in our society that is making us obsess over how we look. We are concerned about how we are perceived by others as well as being judged by ourselves. It is completely unhealthy and is the breeding ground for eating disorders and self-image issues. It is hard to tell someone who is struggling with an eating disorder to just eat over it. That is not how it works at all.

I want you to instead put away the scale and the mirror and think about your health instead. How is your blood pressure and cholesterol? What does your doctor say about your health and your body? If your physician has concerns about your health, then those are the concerns that you should look at, not whether your butt has cellulite or not. If you are maintinaign your body at a healthy way, then you really do not need to fuss about what size you are.

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People Come in All Shapes and Sizes

This is perhaps one of the most difficult concepts to get your mind around, but people are not the same. We all have different makeups. We are naturally different heights and widths. We are more capable at doing some things and less capable than others at different things. This does not make us good or bad, but means that we are all different.

You have no control over the fact that you have wider hips or you have a small bust size. That is in your genetic makeup. You cannot hold it against yourself for something that you have completely zero control over. It is unfair to you as well as the people that you are looking at and idolizing. Because those people also do not have control over their genetic makeup. Something to also remember is that celebrities have the means to change their physical appearance to make it what they want it to be, meaning that having a big bust or slim thighs was not part of their genetic makeup either.

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Balanced Diet 101: A Beginner’s Guide

Perhaps you have drifted off of the path of good health and diet, perhaps your parents did not provide a solid example, or perhaps you never adequately paid attention when you were in health class. It does not matter the reason that you are struggling to balance a diet, but the point is that it is never too late to get back onto track with a healthy diet.

Changing your diet is different than dieting. You are not aiming to restrict your food for a brief period of time, but instead you need to change your daily diet, meaning changing the habits that you already hold for food. Changing how you approach food as well as looking into ensuring that you are capturing all of the food groups and eating appropriate portions will all help you to begin your weight loss journey on a positive note.

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The Food Groups

Looking at the food pyramid that has been graciously supplied by our government can be incredibly intimidating. How are you going to get 5 servings of vegetables a day when you cannot even stand the idea of eating anything leafy or green?

I want you to change how you are looking at the food groups and turn it into looking at your plate. When you are dishing up your dinner plate, how much of the plate is covered in green vegetables? It needs to be at least half. Vegetables are full of protein as well as vitamins that are essential to keeping your body running. The remainder of your plate should include your main course, which is typically meat, as well as perhaps a fruit or other side dish.

Having a balance between what is on your plate is more important than trying to squeeze in what is recommended on the food pyramid. You know your needs and your body better than anyone else. And remember that the food pyramid is only a suggestion.

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Looking at Desserts

Depriving yourself of food is the first big failure that many people suffer when they begin their weight loss journeys. Cutting out any food group will set you back, either because it will push you into the malnutrition area of things or because you will gorge too much on something you are craving because you have been keeping it away from you.

A dance coach I once had gave me the most positive outlook on desserts that I have ever received. If you are at a party and cake is served, telling yourself you cannot have the cake and punishing your desires from keeping it away from you will make most people eventually break down and wind up eating practically the whole cake. If instead you see the cake and take a small slice, you will satisfy your desire without wearing yourself down. Let yourself have the cake, just try not to eat the whole cake. Well, at least not on a regular basis.

Fruits as desserts also contain a high amount of sugar and carbohydrates. While they lack the fat that comes with baked desserts, they are still not a substitute for healthy green vegetables.

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Cheat Days

I have always frowned upon the concept of a cheat day. That is implying that you are depriving yourself from something on a regular basis, which will result in a failure on your part, taking in far more calories on a “cheat day” than you should. If you instead approach every day as an opportunity to eat something delicious with moderation, then you do not need to “cheat.” Depriving yourself of anything on a regular basis is not good for your mental health and is unnecessary if you are not suffering from a disease, allergy, or other malady that means you need to remove something.

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Biggest Weight Loss Trends Right Now and What they Mean

I am sure you have heard about some of the latest and greatest weight loss solutions to give you that bikini body that you have been vying for. The biggest issue with all of them is that they are supporting removing something specific from your diet in order to lose weight. Eliminating things from your diet, however, does not result in a healthier you. Studies have even shown that forcing the fads onto children can lead to eating disorders for them in the future. But what do all of these diets mean? Do any of them actually work? Who started them? This is a quick rundown of the latest trends and what they actually mean.

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The Paleo Diet

The idea behind the Paleo diet is that it is representative of what mankind used to eat during the Paleolithic area. The diet is comprised of vegetables, nuts, seeds, some fruits, and lean meat. The biggest problem with the logic behind it is that it is impossible for mankind to eat the way that our Paleolithic ancestors did.

We do not live in the same environment, do not have the same physical makeup, and simply do not have the same foods that they did during that time period. Also, remember that people during the Paleolithic time lived to an average age of 30. There were many contributing factors to a short lifespan, but it does not exactly provide a solid advertising method to get people to eat like they did.

The biggest positive of going with the Paleo diet is that you would be removing processed foods from your diet. Getting away from packaged foods and foods high in sugar is not just a fad, but is something that can benefit your health for many reasons.

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The Atkins Diet

The Atkins Diet emerged in the early 2000s as a quick and easy way to shed the pounds. It promotes weight loss by eliminating carbohydrates from your diet and replacing them with high fats and proteins. The idea is that the protein should fill you up in a healthy way and keep you from feeling hungry later on.

The biggest concern with it is that you begin the process by completely cutting out carbs, relying on your carb quota from vegetables. Carbohydrates are necessary for brain function and taking them away will leave you with a fuzzy head.

The one pro to the Atkins diet is the removal of harmful sugars from your diet. It is especially important for diabetics, keeping sugars away that could spike blood sugar and pose a serious health risk.

Atkins should not be confused with the ketogenic diet, which operates on a similar wave. The keto diet, or epileptic diet, reduces the amount of carbs, but does not eliminate them. Instead it pushes for animal fats to help build ketones in your body to encourage brain function.

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Gluten-Free Diet

This trend is possibly the one that is the most irritating at the moment. A gluten-free diet should not be confused with celiac disease. Celiac is no joke, where the consumption of gluten causes inflammation in the digestive tract, making it impossible to digest food properly.

The gluten- free trend is reminiscent of the Atkins trend, in the idea that cutting bread out of your diet will help you reach your target weight. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley and rye.

The problem with it is that so many things are stating to be gluten-free to keep with the weight loss trend, but they are misleading for people who have celiac disease who actually need gluten-free.

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The Stupidest Ways People Have Tried to Lose Weight

People desperate to shed a few pounds for summer, for a wedding, or just for the sake of shedding pounds will do some pretty wild things in their attempt to reach their ideal waistline. But there are many healthy options to do so as long as you are patient and approach it the correct way. Unfortunately, many people just want a quick fix and will buy into any gimmick that promises fast results, even if the price is often much higher than risking your pocket book.

Here is a selection of some of the stupidest ways to lose weight. And by stupid, I mean absolutely do not try to do any of these. In no way will they actually help you lose weight, and instead they could make you gain weight or damage your health in some other way.

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  1. Eating tapeworms: Let’s just get this over with to start off. Eating a tapeworm is an absolutely ridiculous idea. Yes people have gotten tapeworms accidentally, sometimes resulting in weight loss. But they also can make you anemic, cause malnutrition, and let us not leave out the fact that you are deliberately putting a worm inside of your body. How do people not see how disgusting it is? Also, they can give you a potentially fatal infection inside of your colon or even get into your brain. Worms in your brain? It is a giant do not do it.
  2. Smoking cigarettes: I will admit that smoking cigarettes can act as an appetite suppressant, because it is disgusting, and also can ruin your sense of taste, making you not want to eat food to begin with. Now that I have said that, it has been scientifically proven that smoking will kill you. Whether from lung cancer or emphysema, smoking will expose you to proven fatally diseases as well as anyone who is around you when you are smoking. And let us not forget that smoke hangs around long after the cigarette is out, but you cannot smell it because you have lost your sense of smell too. Just a really terribly idea overall.

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  1. Using laxatives: Let’s be honest here. If you are using laxatives to lose weight, you have an eating disorder. Bulimia is still bulimia, even if it is coming out the other end. Using laxatives will dehydrate you, which is completely contrary to losing weight, rob your body of nutrients, mess up your digestive system, and even then you may not lose weight. If you have used enough to drop a few pounds, you will certainly not be healthy because you have not taken in any vitamins or nutrients.
  2. Wrapping your body in cellophane: This one is only effective if you are bloated. It can help you sweat off excess water in your skin, but its results are completely temporary and not usually effective. So you will be left sweaty, clammy, and pretty gross and still the same weight. This also applies to any gimmicks that charge you for the same thing.
  3. Going on a Juice Cleanse: Any time you are restricting your diet by removing everything but one thing, it is not going to help you lost weight, but runs the risk of making you very sick. A juice cleanse may aid you in getting a rough case of diarrhea, but outside of cleaning out your colon, you are not going to lose any real weight as a result. Instead, you will have the runs and be in a foul mood until you either feel terrible or start eating again.

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Truth Vs Fiction: The Truth behind Weight Loss Secrets

Even before the internet, including Pinterest, shared with us a huge variety in ideas and opinions on how to lose weight, there were theories about what you needed to do. Some of them are founded on science or sometimes luck, but they do have a foundation in fact all the same. Others are completely unfounded and may actually make you gain weight instead of lose weight. But how can you tell the difference?

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  1. If you eat very little you will lose weight. Verdict: FALSE

If you are overeating, naturally making better choices will encourage you to have better weight loss results. But cutting down your intake can make your body store fat in starvation mode instead of allowing you to shed some pounds. In truth, you should eat smaller meals more often, up to six times a day rather than cutting down to one meal.

  1. Losing too much weight too quickly will cause you to gain it all back. Verdict: FALSE

I do not know who came up with this theory, but it is ridiculous. The more weight you shed faster actually will give you a more positive feeling about your weight loss. Studies have shown that the faster you drop weight in your weight loss journey, the more weight you will lose overall.

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  1. Having sex is a good way to burn calories. Verdict: FALSE

The average sex session lasts all of six minutes and burns less than 100 calories. It is not cardiovascular and while it may be good for your mental health, it is really not doing much for your body. Better stick to the treadmill.

  1. Eating breakfast will help you lose weight. Verdict: TRUE

Studies have shown that one of the things people who have been successful at losing do is eat breakfast. But it cannot be a pastry and a mocha. The best thing you can eat for breakfast is protein, helping speed up your metabolism and keeping you full longer.

  1. Eating more fruit can help you lose weight. Verdict: BOTH TRUE AND FALSE

Eating fruit is a healthier food option than high fat foods, but fruit is also big into sugar. Fruit does provide vitamins, but you will get more vitamins without the carbs by taking in more vegetables. It is recommended that you eat four servings of vegetables to every one of fruits.

  1. Your genetics are a factor in your weight loss. Verdict: TRUE AND FALSE

Your genetics can affect how your body metabolizes food and processes fat and sugar as well as providing you with a pre-determined “standard” body size. That said, it is not ok to ever hide behind genetics as an excuse for obesity. The most common cause of obesity is lifestyle and education. If your parents have unhealthy lifestyles, then that is your first introduction to how to live. It is very easy to adopt the unhealthy lifestyles and struggle to make any great changes. So perhaps you can blame your parents, but do not blame your DNA.

  1. Snacking will make you gain weight. Verdict: FALSE

While you should make positive snacking choices, as in do not load up on potato chips, snacking itself is actually a great way to lose weight. It will keep you energized and your metabolism high. The idea that snacking will ruin your appetite is untrue. If, in fact, you want to eat less from snacking, that is a positive thing since we are supposed to be eating smaller meals more often than larger ones less often anyway. So get some string cheese, carrot sticks, or a yogurt and snack away, but steer clear of using the vending machine for your snacking needs.

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Easy Cardio Workouts you can do without going to the Gym

Getting into shape does not require a gym membership, despite what you may have heard. Gyms would like you to think that you have to sweat in a group setting to reach your weight loss goals, but that is simply not true. Not to knock down gyms. They are great motivation for a lot of people as well as nice escape full of all of the workout equipment that you could ever want. That said, a lot of people are also intimidated by the gym, especially if you do not feel comfortable with your body. You may feel like people are scrutinizing you or judging your or even mentally correcting your form.

Do not despair, there are plenty of workouts that you can try at home to help you tone up and get moving.

You may be thinking that doing a cardio workout without a machine is tricky, but that is not true. Try alternating the cardio workouts every minute to get a serious burn.

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  1. Butt Kicks: Running in place, you try to literally kick your own butt. Make sure you alternate your arms with your legs. You should feel this in your quads and hips.
  2. High Knees: The opposite of butt kicks, with high knees you bring your knees up like a table top in front of you. This one works your butt and core.
  1. Sumo Squat Jumps: Standing with your feet apart, turn your toes to a comfortable 45 degree angle. Keep your shoulders over your hips awhile you reach your arms straight down, bending your knees to a 90 degree angle. Then pop back up to a hop and repeat. It definitely burns the calories. You will work your butt, core, and quads.
  2. Burpees: My arch-nemesis workout. The burpee is a complete body workout and when it is done well, it will leave you sweaty and your muscles will be left burning. You begin by placing your hands on the floor, kicking your feet behind you into a plank, lowering for a pushup, then jumping your feet back to your hands and jumping into the air. Intense, but also extremely effective. If this move proves to be too challenging to start with, you can skip the pushup until you get the hang of it. This will burn your abs, your core, your arms, and your legs all at the same time, maximizing your time and all that can be done in a relatively small area.

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  1. Mountain Climbers: I have to admit that I am not particularly fond of doing the mountain climbers because of how hard they make my arms work, but that does not make them any less effective. You begin in a high plank position and run your legs as if you are literally running up a mountain. It is pretty much running with your hands on the ground. It will burn both your arms and legs all while giving you a cardiovascular burn that you need.
  2. Vertical Mountain Climbers: In order to pull this one off, it is pretty much just high knees with alternating arms. It is like you are a puppet and the strings are pulling you upward. The workout will get you sweating while working your legs, butt, as well as your core.
  3. Jumping Jacks: Let us get back to old faithful. If you were never forced to do jumping jacks in gym class, then you were seriously spared. You do them by jumping your legs apart while shooting your arms into the air at the same time. It will work your legs as well as get your heart rate up.

 

Try any combination of these over the course of 20 to 30 minutes and you will find that you are achieving the ideal burn as well as getting a solid workout in.