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I Lost 30 Pounds With These 4 Easy Exercises

Exercise doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective.
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Jess, who goes by the handle @pitalifts, is a TikTok influencer and Latina weight loss coach who shares about her experiences losing weight. In one viral video, she reveals the different kinds of cardio that helped her get into her best shape ever. "I've lost over 30 pounds, and I want to talk about the different kinds of cardio that I tried during my weight loss journey from easiest to hardest, and what I liked and didn't like," she says at the start of the clip. We also asked The Diet Diva, Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N, ACSM-CPT, a Board Certified Sports Dietitian, to weigh in on her tactics. 


Incline Walking


"The first was actually incline walking," Jess reveals in the video. "I think [it] is perfect if you're just starting out because it's low impact and there's very little chance of injury," she explains. "Walking is an excellent way to get started in exercise," agrees Collingwood. If you don't want to jog/run, elevating the incline on the treadmill is a great way to get your heart rate higher, she adds. "However, be careful with how much and how long you do the incline. Start with just a few degrees for a few minutes. Bring it back down for a few minutes and raise it again, repeating several times in interval style. I have seen people get injured by doing too much incline too quickly and not letting their body acclimate to it."

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The second workout on her list? Cycling, "because it's also low impact, but you can increase the resistance and increase the intensity of it," Jess explained. "Cycling is great for people who don't want the impact of running or walking," agrees Collingwood. "You can easily adjust the intensity, as she says with speed and resistance. It is a great way to get the heart rate up and sweat."




The third workout was the StairMaster, "which is a little more intense, but you can start off slow with five minutes, move up to 10, then 15," she said. "I love it. I have a bad knee and honestly it didn't even bother me." Stair stepping machines can be very intense and difficult for beginners, says Collingwood. "An elliptical might be easier on the knees. Once you are used to the motion of the elliptical, maybe then you can try the stair stepping machine for a few minutes and work up from there."




The last workout that aided in her weight loss was running. "I actually tried to run when I was 160 pounds, which was such a bad idea because all I did was hurt my joints," she said. "What I did was just wait until I was a little bit lighter to start running again." Collingwood maintains that running is an excellent calorie torcher, but it is difficult on the knees and other spots like hips and glutes. "Start with a walk/run interval so you can get a rest period of walking between the harder running intervals. Sign up for a race like a 5K to increase motivation and have a goal to work towards," she says. 

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Here Is How Often You Should Exercise

@pitalifts #weightlossprogress #weightlosstransformation #weightlossgoals2023 #weightlossjouney💗 #lossweighttips ♬ original sound – Jess

Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving. Each week adults need 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity and 2 days of muscle-strengthening activity, according to the current Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

💪🔥Body Booster: Many fitness experts maintain that walking on an incline is a better workout for burning fat and building muscle than running on a flat surface. 

Leah Groth
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