Underrated Exercises That Will Help You Shed Pounds Fast

Weight loss is tough, and you may think that you need to start adding in heavy weights and hours of intense cardio intervals to get the results you’re looking for. While weights are a great way to boost your typical gym routine and running is sure to get the heart rate up, you don’t have to default to an exercise program that leaves you uninspired and unmotivated. Don’t forget about these seven severely underrated exercises that are fantastic for shedding unwanted weight.

1. Bridge

woman doing warming up exercise for spine, backbend

The bridge is an underrated exercise that’s great for weight loss. | iStock.com/undrey

You probably know of this one from yoga (or gym class in elementary school if yoga isn’t your thing), but the bridge is a strengthening move that works a variety of muscles and can lead to weight loss if performed along with your regular exercise routine. Mindbodygreen explains the bridge strengthens and flattens your abs, as it works the center of your core and oblique muscles on the sides.

Performing a bridge is easy — you lie on your back with feet planted on the ground and knees bent. Then, lift through your hips up, engaging the core and glutes to help you lift as high as you can with no help from your elbows or arms. You can vary this move by adding a weight onto your hips or performing these with just one leg for added toughness.

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