There are thousands of people all around you who constantly have one thing running in their head – how to reduce weight and look slim. Well, considering the amount of pro-health and pro-fitness campaigning which is being done these days by various health organisations, and also keeping in mind the recent size zero fad, people's obsession of being slim is very well justified. However, a common problem that most of them face in this process is what kind of exercises exactly they should do in order to ensure quick, safe and effective weight loss.
The answer to this query actually lies in what area of the body you are really trying to work on. Some people naturally have well toned upper bodies, and have a lot of fat on their thighs and legs, which means that they have to do a lot of lower body exercises ranging from cycling to sit-ups etc. Others may have flabby arms, which are usually dealt with by exercising with the help of dumbbells.
If you are joining a gym or some dance classes or aerobic classes, then the instructor usually takes care of the exercises that you should be doing. He or she will analyse your body and will look into other factors such as what your diet is, and what your working schedule is like etc. Depending on all that, he or she will figure out what exercises will best suit your body without giving any harm to your health, and all you have to ensure from your side is complete dedication and sincerity to your workout schedules.
But in case you are planning to do exercises at home, then ideally it would be best that you first identify areas of your body which need to be worked on. In case you are looking for a complete body workout, then you should ideally begin with running or jogging for 15 minutes which helps in warming you up. For the legs, you could go in for cycling. Dancers usually prefer to do stretching exercises which help in lengthening their muscles needed for their dance routines. Men interested in body building however may go in for weight lifting.
Looking from the weight loss point of view, cardio exercises like running and cycling are very good, because they help in increasing the metabolism rate, which is in turn helpful for weight loss. You should also work on side stretches to work on the sides of the body, and crunches to get flat stomachs. Crunches are of various types ranging with your legs on floor to legs in a piano position, or straight up, or in a passive V position. The variations in crunches help in working on upper abs as well as lower abs.
Sit-ups and high jumps are really good for reducing weight on the thighs. Some even run up and down the staircases to reduce weight on the legs and especially on the calf muscles. Try taking someone's help to show you a demo of the exercises first so that you know you are following the correct technique instead of doing them wrong and then suffering from side-effects.