I won’t lie and tell you weight loss is easy because it isn’t. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to sweat those excess pounds out of your body, but what I would say is that losing weight is not nearly as complicated as many people think. You just have to make the effort to eat a healthy diet and sweat a little each day.

Here are some tips for helping you with the sweating part:

Run, Run, Run

Running, whether out in your local park or on a treadmill (some great reviews here) at home or in the gym, is one of the best activities for raising your heart-rate, making you sweat and burning that excess fat into oblivion. For each mile you run, you could burn around 100 calories (more if you use ankle weights), which means that running a few miles four times a week could help you to burn a couple of pounds. You’ll also tone up, and your heart and lungs will be healthier than ever.

Elliptical Trainer

If you are currently very overweight, or you have problems with your knees, running may not be an option, but using the elliptical trainer (see reviews) is certainly something you should be able to do. It’s low-impact, and you can burn a similar number of calories as you would pounding the pavements or running on the treadmill.

Rowing Machine

Rowing might not be the most popular exercise at the moment, but it is one of the best things you can do if you want to lose weight and tone up. When using a rowing machine, you will get a cardiovascular and resistance workout rolled into one, and you can burn around 420 calories per hour rowing at a moderate pace. If you prefer exercising in the great outdoors, it might be worth checking if there is a rowing club local to you.

Aerobics

If you want to really get your heart pumping and sweat out a few pounds of fat, you need to look into local aerobics classes. The combination of an energetic instructor, lively music and a room full of your peers is a great way to ensure you push yourself and get your butt, legs, and hips into shape.

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing, whether in Swiss Alps or in the comfort of your home gym, is a great exercise for weight loss and toning. Like rowing, you will get a good cardio and resistance workout, develop your muscles and shrink your body with a few hours of skiing per week.

Cycling

Cycling, if you do it right, can certainly make you sweat, so it’s good for fast burn and keeping your heart healthy, but it is even better at tightening thighs and toning calf muscles. So, if your legs are your problem area, invest in a bike or join a spinning class and you’ll soon be sculpting the perfect pins.

Bikini Body Workouts

With summer not being all that far away, you might be thinking of shedding a few pounds so that you’ll be ready when the time comes to put on your bikini. If that’s the case, bikini body workouts are great because, not only do they offer up workout plans that are sure to make you sweat, but they also provide you with a diet plan that will maximize your gains. Just be sure to read this bbg program review and shop around for the most effective bikini body plans before you commit. If you don’t, you might find that the pounds don’t drop off quite as quickly as you would have expected.

Swimming

Swimming is low-impact, so it’s great for older people and those of you who are suffering from injuries. It is also a full-body exercise, which will work every muscle and contribute to full-body weight loss. It’s also a lot of fun, especially if you take a dip in a local lake or the sea, rather than the local pool.

Skipping

Jumping rope isn’t just for little girls – it’s a brilliant way to raise your heart rate and sweat out your excess fat in an enjoyable way. You might be surprised to know that jumping rope for just 20 minutes can burn the same number of calories as an eight-minute mile. That’s not bad for such a fun activity!

Weight Lifting

Weightlifting (see here for a guide) isn’t just for men. More and more women are taking up the sport as it dawns on them that you can lose weight, get incredibly toned and eat plenty of calories if you just spend some time lifting weights every other day. What’s more, lifting weights will improve your bone health, which could help you avoid illnesses like osteoporosis as you age.

Rock Climbing

If you like to combine your sweat inducing, fat burning activities with a bit of adventure, there can be no better exercise for you than rock climbing. Not only will you get to spend heaps of time enjoying nature, but you’ll be challenging yourself mentally and physically, and if you do it regularly, there’s no way you won’t lose weight.

Walking

If going all out sweaty doesn’t appeal to you, don’t think you can’t get fit. The simple act of putting one foot in front of the other and walking will burn calories and contribute to a healthy weight loss. Of course, if you want to maximize the impact of walking, you should try power walking, which might just make you sweat and could burn almost 200- calories in 30 minutes. The great thing about walking (even power walking) is that it does not feel too intense, so it’s easy to do it for long periods of time.

No matter how much or little weight you have to lose, and which activities appeal to you, the most important thing is that you take the time to sweat regularly. Many of us fear sweating, worried about unpleasant odors or looking unattractive to potential suitors, but sweat is good. Sweat shows how hard you’ve worked, it helps you to burn fat, and it keeps you healthy. Keep sweating; your body will thank you for it!

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Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.