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Shed your 2020 pandemic weight in the New Year with these 7 exercises

Published on:29 December 2020, 14:00pm IST
If you’re thinking of ways to lose the kilos this pandemic has helped you pile on, then take note of these 7 weight loss exercises in 2021.
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Get up on your feet and leave the pandemic weight behind. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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The year 2020 is coming to an end. Life has been very different this year. We’ve been slouching for hours altogether, under the guise of working from home. Lack of physical activity has become the norm, while stress and anxiety persevere. Looking towards the future, we know we will have to make a few adjustments—starting with our physical fitness.

All those extra kilos we’ve gained in 2020, need to be lost in 2021. If you’ve always struggled with your weight and are wondering how you will manage this feat, we’ve got help. Here are seven weight loss exercises for you to try in the New Year:

1. Jumping jacks

The school drills were there for a reason. And they still work beautifully today, for all ages and sizes. Simple to do anywhere anytime, jumping jacks are a great warm-up exercise. They help in gaining flexibility and give you the required boost before you start an aggressive workout.

Jump with your legs wide open, simultaneously raising your hands up in the air or above the head. Bring your hands back down as you jump back into the starting position, closing your legs. Practice 4 sets of 20 reps each with a three-minute break before starting your workout routine.

2. High knees

The funda for high knees is fairly simple: while standing straight, you need to bring your knees as close to your chest as possible in a running motion. This is a high intensity workout that helps with weight loss.

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The high knee is a fat killer. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

While you are moving your legs, also move your hands to match the motion. This will lead to more sweating and hence weight loss.

3. Speed skaters

Think of this exercise as skating without the skates! One of the best exercises to reduce weight very quickly, this is a cardiovascular exercise wherein you do a lateral jump. This takes your heart rate up, bolsters your legs, and enhances your body stability and balance.

4. Butt kicks

Touch your butt with your feet, do it fast, and do it quick! This cardio exercise strengthens the hamstrings, which helps boost acceleration and pace. It will help you in boosting your metabolism, which is how you will lose weight.

5. Knee to elbows

The name of this exercise is pretty self-explanatory when it comes to deciphering how exactly you must go about it. All you need to do is touch your knee with the opposite elbow at a quick pace, while alternating sides. When you do it at a fast pace, you not only reduce weight but also give your core a great workout.

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Try knee-elbow kicks to burn all that fat! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
6. Running and/or jogging

One of the most effective ways to lose weight, just half an hour of jogging or running is a great way to kickstart your day.

7. Quick feet

This is nothing but running on the spot while only making use of your lower body. This exercise strengthens and tones your core and legs, while also helping you improve your speed.

So, get ready for a beautiful 2021. With these weight-loss exercises, now you can shed the 2020 weight at home. So, make a 30 to 45 minutes fitness chart for yourself featuring these exercises for weight loss, and let’s get started!

Solomon Gomes Solomon Gomes

Solomon Gomes is the lead of the trainers program at TREAD, an online fitness startup.