Suitable Exercises for Weight Loss

Apart from walking, what other exercise is suitable to help you lose weight? Here are a few popular alternatives. Just remember to start moderately and build up gradually so that you don't over stress yourself and end up turning yourself off exercise altogether.

Gym Work

  • Joining a local gym or health club is probably the best way to go. They have qualified instructors that can map out an individual fitness and strength training program for you. Strength training (working out with weights) has many beneficial effects and is a really empowering form of exercise.

Aerobics Classes

  • These offer exercises that stimulate the respiratory and circulatory systems. Basically, they get you moving and breathing. Class types at gyms include names like 'Cardio Pump', 'Boxercise' and 'Taibo', as well as traditional aerobics classes. If you're starting out, try a low impact style then build up to more vigorous forms. Aerobics are excellent for fitness and will help burn lots of fat.


  • An excellent exercise for building fitness, burning fat and overall body toning. Aim for about 3 sessions of 20 minutes plus each week. If you are not a strong swimmer, a bit of coaching from the instructors at your local pool is a good idea. Other services that your pool can offer may include water aerobics, which is a great low impact exercise that can be quite vigorous and help burn off that fat.


  • This is terrific for improving fitness and burning fat. However, a word of warning - jogging places significant stress on ankle, knee and hio joints as well as lower back. If you are overweight, jogging may not be a suitable exercise until you get closer to your ideal bodyweight. Brisk walking is probably a better option at this point.


  • Get out in the fresh air and enjoy the scenery while getting some good exercise, however demanding or leisurely you choose to make your workout. Safety is a valid concern with cycling. If possible, stick to designated bike paths or ride on less busy roads. Always wear a helmet and bright coloured clothing. Ensure your bike is in good repair.
  • A variation is the good old standby, the stationary exercise bike. Time to rescue that one that's been gathering dust in the garage!
  • A reasonably new variation on cycling in many gyms these days is 'Spinning' involving groups of trainers on special exercise bikes who are led through a routine by an instructor. This is a great activity to improve fitness and burn off fat.


  • Fresh air and lots of walking are key benefits of a round of golf. Many would also claim golf to be a great stress reliever while others would suggest golf causes stress! Whether your game is very good, average or you are just a hacker, golf a few times a week offers the opportunity to exercise with friends. One point though - don't use a motorised ride on buggy as it defeats the purpose - walk your way around the course. And try to stay away from the 19th hole...

Competitive Sport

  • A fun way to get fit is to take up a competitive sport. Many adults turn to ┬ásports they enjoyed in their youth, like tennis, netball, basketball, and athletics - the options are endless. A word of warning here - get fit to play sport, rather than playing sport to get fit. We've all heard of older players having a heart attack on the squash court during their once a week game. Play a sport buy make it a part of your overall fitness program.

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Fri Mar 20, 2015 at 12:08 pm

how long are u suppose to be on Rapid phase max..i was planning to go on it coz i have so much weight to lose?


Fri Mar 20, 2015 at 8:57 am

I bought one of those portable bikes that you can use while watching tv or whatever...I can't use the gym for another month because of my hip replacement which needed a bone graft so I'm limited where exercise is concerned because I'm not allowed to bend forward or to my right. I'm allowed to walk short distances using a frame


Fri Dec 26, 2014 at 1:03 am

i have a problem with my hip and some jogging, cycling etc are not suitable for me so what exercises should i do other than swimming?


Fri Aug 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm

what about walking? isnt it effective?


Wed Mar 5, 2014 at 11:26 am

Do u take celebrity slim rapid in place of just celebrity slim


Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Is it ok to do Celebrity Slim Rapid for more than 2 weeks like maybe 4 weeks max? Then go onto trim phrase..Cheers lost 1.5kgs and im on day2 shakes today..thanks


Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 6:53 am

@tajci - they have a cookbook also - if you look in their product range under 'celebrity slim essentials' they have a celebrity slim cookbook


Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 6:34 am

@ tajci this website has a section dedicated to recipes if you want to check it out. but i agree that a dvd would be cool. but honestly it's just a waste of money. i've always watched my workouts on youtube. i do yoga, pilates, cardio classes - all by watching youtube. and you mix it up more by watching them on youtube coz it's not the same workout each time. most dvds only come with about up to 10 workouts max. youtube has HUNDREDS. :) enjoy!


Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 6:32 am

@shirley78 I don't think they say but generally an hour 2-3 times a week is very approachable. If you wanted to break it up though you could just do 20-30 minutes of exercise everyday. Which is actually what I do. I find that watching the victoria's secret workouts on youtube (there are heaps of them and they're all workouts that target different areas - arms, butt, legs, and even jet set or on the go full body workouts!) and they're all workouts really focused on slimming and toning. They are fantastic and totally easy! My favourite is the butt workout video - I've been doing them for a month now and my butt looks fantastic! :D I'm quite fit so I go for a 5 k run once or twice a week for my week's cardio. But if i'm tired that week I will do 15-20 minutes of cardio (bike, rowing, swimming) everyday or i'll do 30 minutes 3-4 times a week. And everyday I make room in my day for a 20 minute non-cardio workout - which is when i do the victoria's secret workouts. I'll work on a different part of my body everyday. Health experts say that you should include 75 minutes of exercise in your day every day. But if you are standing at work all day or walking heaps then most people get this everyday. If you have a desk job that is when you need to exercise. If you have an active job you really don't need to do much cardio - just toning. :) hope this helps


Sun Dec 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

It would be great if a dvd of exercise routine was made up for clients who are on celebrity slim. Plus maybe also a cookbook with varieties of recipes to choose from etc. Otherwise it is great. cheers


Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 2:10 pm

what about dancing such as zumba?


Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 10:39 am

hi, how much exercise is advise while on the programme....

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