If your looking to shed some unwanted pounds, take a look at 10 of the best weight loss exercises which (when combined with a healthy diet) will help you to achieve the body of your dreams.

Squats: Stand with feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart. Drop your seat toward the floor, keeping your back straight. Straighten back up. Do three sets of 10 reps.

Jumping Jacks: Get your heart rate up with this classic gym class move. Go as hard as you can for one minute, followed by 60 seconds of rest, then another minute of JJs.

Planks: Lie facing the floor, then raise yourself into an extended push-ups position (arms and legs straight). Drop down onto your elbows, keeping your spine and legs straight. Hold for one minute.

Jumping Rope: Hands down the best cardio bang-for-your-buck you can do in a small space, jumping rope raises your heart rate and maximizes calories burned per minute. If you’re a newbie, start with double-hops (bounce between each rope jump), then advance to single hops. Do 3 x 60 seconds.

Lunges: Stand with feet together, arms by your sides. Step one leg forward into a deep lunge (keep your knee over your toes). Straighten as you swing the other leg through, landing in another deep lunge. Proceed in this fashion until you have completed 10 lunges on each leg. Rest a minute. Go again.

Box Jumps: Find a bench, sturdy hard chair, or set of stairs that rise about two feet off the ground. Stand in front, bend your knees, then push through the ground as you leap onto the high surface with both feet.

Biceps Curls: For this move, you’ll need an exercise band or long bungee cord. Attach one end of the band to a doorknob and hold the other end in one hand. Stand facing the door, arms at your side, at a distance where there is slight tension on the band. Turn your palm to face forward. Keeping your elbow at your side, bend your elbow and curl your forearm toward your chest. Do 3 sets of 10 curls. Switch sides.

Running Stairs: Find yourself a nice flight of stairs (or two or three) and run up and down them for two minutes as fast as you can.

Standing Row: Attach one end of an exercise band or long bungee cord to a doorknob and hold the other end in one hand. Stand facing the door, arm stretched out in front of you at a distance where there is slight tension on the band. Turn your palm to face down. Bend your elbow and pull it back as far as you can, keeping your hand at chest level. Do 3 sets of 10, then repeat on the other side.

Bavarian Split Squats: Stand with your back to a sturdy chair or bench, about two feet away. Raise one foot and place it on top of the chair seat behind you. Bend your front knee into a shallow squat/lunge. Straighten back up. Do 3 sets of 10, switch legs.

 

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