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Ditch running and try this circuit of 5 exercises to lose weight in a month

Updated on:27 November 2020, 10:51am IST
It’s time to ditch running, and give these five weight loss exercises a shot to lose some kilos.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Who says only running can help you lose weight instantly? Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Don’t we all make faces in the gym or otherwise, when we are asked to run our asses off to lose weight? There are some who love running a bit too much, but most of us run away from running.

But ladies, relax! We are here to help you with more weight loss solutions. If running is not your cup of tea, you can do other exercises that have nothing to do with running.

Yes, and we have made a circuit out of those.

Here are five exercises that you can do instead of running and burn more calories:
1. Half burpees

Half burpees is an exercise, wherein you have to skip the push-up. That’s why it is perfect for beginners as well. Here’s how you have to do it – start in a push-up position, and hop your feet to the outsides of your hands. Make sure knees are in line with ankles. Jump into the air, shooting hands up overhead. Return hands to the ground, and hop feet back into the push-up position. Repeat as quickly as you can do. Do 10 reps of this exercise.

2. Lateral arm raises

Running works on your overall body, and that’s we are asking you to do this one as well. Here’s the right way to do a lateral side raise – stand straight with a dumb-bell in each hand, and legs hip width apart. Tighten your core, keep your back straight, and inhale. Now, by just using your shoulder and arms strength, raise both your arms sideways. Do this, as you exhale. With an inhale, bring them back to the start position and repeat.

Enhance your arm strength with lateral side raises. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

You can use 2.5 kilos dumb-bells to pull lateral side raise off. Go for 15 raises.

3. Kettlebell swings

Drop those dumb-bells honey, and get straight on to that kettlebell, as it’s time to swing it. This is how you do it – stand in a sumo squat position, and grip the bell properly. Keep your arms long, and engage your core. Now lower down your butt.

You have to swing the bell in the front, aiming for chest height.
As the kettlebell descends, swing it a little between your legs, and then lift it up again.

Do 25 swings. You can pick the weight, according to your will.

4. Squats

Yes, it’s squats time. You don’t have to rest, as it is a circuit. First and foremost, you don’t have to do weighted squats or any other form of squats in the circuit. Just do 20 bodyweight squats, and you are good to go.

5. Surya namaskar

Don’t be shocked, as once you get down and dirty with surya namaskar, only then will you realise how tedious this one is. Plus, the stretches it has to offer, make it perfect for toning your body. In fact, surya namaskar helps you stretch and tone even those muscles that you don’t even use while running. Do 5 surya namaskars, and breathe.

surya namaskar
With each movement, slowly you shall workout each part of your body. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

After resting for a minute, repeat this circuit again. Beginners can do this three times, intermediates can go till five, and those of you who are looking for an advanced level can take this number to eight or more.

Just do this one circuit for a month, and the kind of weight loss you will see is going to blow your mind. Plus, muscle toning is complementary.

So ladies, it’s time to make those runners jealous of your hot bod.

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.