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Fun Exercises to Lose Fat by Summer

Updated on June 11, 2014

Focus on Lower Body

Summer is just around the corner and that means we want to be able to wear bathing suits and shorts, while looking slim and trim. Most exercisers seem to turn their attention more towards the midsection of their bodies so that they can get a flat stomach, and while this is important the hips and legs should not be ignored.

Tina Turner

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Exercises

There are some great exercises to work the lower half of your body which will help you to lose fat,are with the simplest being just plain walking. However, you can use a treadmill and several other pieces of exercise equipment at most fitness centers.

There are two new are great ways to get your bottom half in shape by shedding some unwanted pounds. Dance classes with the first being Zumba and the other is belly dancing. The secret to these programs is the fun factor because you don't feel like you're exercising because it's more like dancing. There are classes available for beginners, intermediates and for senior citizens.

The Importance of Shapely Legs

The legs and hips should be taken just as seriously, as they can make a big impact on your personal and professional life. Of course, the lower part of your body is important for walking, running, climbing stairs and lifting objects, but they can also help or hinder your career, which sounds kind of crazy. Unfortunately appearance counts, sometimes and just getting hired for job. Think about Tina Turner, for instance, who is famous for her strong sculptures legs. She is still touring at the age of 69, showing off are still sexy legs in skintight Capri pants.

Another celebrity who is known for shapely legs is Brooke Shields. Obviously we aren’t all built like that, but we can sure make the best of what we have. If you can tone your muscles and lose a little weight, you will look better in a bathing suit or any clothing for that matter. Many women get stressed about their overall size or just the size or their hips and the best advice I can give them is just quit worrying and get moving.

Zumba Dance

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Zumba Fitness

Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness program, using red-hot international music. I have been in the Zumba class for over two years, and it is so much fun that I hate to miss any classes. As you learn the routines it gets easier especially because you are improving your physical condition. Exercisers mumble, salsa and merengue in a fast-paced work out that will leave you more fit and waiting less if you continue with the classes. The Zumba website states more than 10 million people take weekly classes in more than 110 countries. During a one-hour session exercises can burn between 500 and 800 calories. The instructors are required to complete a certification course before they are eligible to teach classes and each instructor may bring a little bit of their own style and personality into their routines. Zumba’s motto is “Our goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, to get hooked.”

Since Zumba is so popular a variety of other classes have evolved including: Zumba Gold which targets baby boomers; Zumba for toning which combines body sculpting moves with high energy cardio; Aqua Zumba which is done in the pool; the ZumbaAtomic, for children ages 4 to 12; and Zumba Circuit which combines circuit training and dance. The video below is obviously not beginners routine but you will be amazed at how quickly you progress if you attend Zumba classes regularly.

Brooke Shields

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Zumba Fitness

Belly Dance

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How to Belly Dance

Bellydancing lessons

Belly dancing is also very popular although this form of self-expression has been around for more than 6000 years. The early documentation is really poor but it pertains its connection to fertility and eroticism by being an indispensable feature at weddings and many Middle Eastern countries. Today belly dance is enjoyed worldwide and taught in almost every country. Beside the joy of learning a beautiful dance, you receive satisfaction from achieving new levels of physical mastery. Another benefit is you have strengthening, reshaping and renewed acceptance of your body. It is also stated that you will get relief from back pain and the dance is just fun to do especially when you are learning it with your girlfriends. Also, belly dancing outfits are absolutely gorgeous.

In the United States, belly dancing was adopted as a form of exercise 1970s. One of the good things about belly dancing is it is a low-impact form of exercise for women of all ages, sizes, and fitness levels. This dance uses a variety of hip thrusts, hip drops and circles which help tone and tighten the lower body. Dancers can burn as many as 250 to 300 calories during a one-hour class


Exercise Benefits

There are other benefits to exercising besides making your legs and hips look summertime-hot, as it will provide strengthening the lower half of your body, and help you to perform many other fun activities, such as, dancing, gardening or playing tennis as those activities will become much easier with improved muscle tone.

Shakira bellydancing

Summary

If you want to learn how to lose weight and exercise has to be part of the equation along with a healthy diet. There are literally hundreds of dance classes forming across the nation, particularly in the larger cities. No matter what type of exercise you prefer, if you will do it consistently you will be pleased with the results. When you trim down and have more energy because of the exercise you also have better self-esteem. It is a win–win situation.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    cherrycrime, I did Zumba for several years and loved it. It is so much fun, but now I get to short of breath due to lung disease. Belly dancing is another great way to tone your muscles. My daughter-in-law teaches belly dancing. I appreciate your comments.

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    January Moon 5 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

    I think everyone has started working on there mid section for the summer, I want to try zumba and belly dancing, they look like fun, great tips, voted up :-)

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Susan Miles, Maybe you now have the incentive to find a class. Thanks for your comment.

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    Susan Miles 6 years ago

    Great article on exercises to lose fat. I always wanted to learn how to belly dance. I focus a lot on exercising the legs and hips with bicycle riding, but belly dancing would be a fun activity too. Thanks for the information.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Bail Up, At least Zumba is a fun way to exercise but it doesn't mean you're not working hard. It has certainly helped me maintain my weight and as I haven't been able to dance in the last five weeks due to surgery and I have three weeks to go; I can tell I'm going to have to get back to it and work really hard. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Bail Up ! 6 years ago

    Last year I focused on shimmy belly dancing. I recall my husband coming home after a poker game and asked what I had been up to. I told him I was watching Fit TV and learning to "shimmy" and he asked me to teach him. I asked him do you even know what that is , he says no, who cares its sound interesting. LOL

    (Shimmy = Belly Dancing)

    Funny I happen to find this hub as I just ordered my Zumba CD's three days ago. Pretty excited to get start. Looks like a great time and workout.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    prasetio, Dancing is such a fun way to lose weight and I appreciate your comments. Blessing and hugs.

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    prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Another great hub from you. I thought this was a super hub. I found complete information about exercise to lose fat. I believe it works. I really enjoy and impressed with all videos here. Thanks for share with us. Rated up as always. Take care!

    Blessing and hugs,

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    travel_man, I agree with you concerning the exercises. Thank so much for your comments.

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    Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

    Dancing and swimming are good exercises for the body. You'll learn new techniques and will make your physique in A-1 form. Thanks for sharing, Ms. Pam! :D

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Katie, I agree dancing is fun and it doesn't seem like exercise as much as working out on the machines. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

    That's it, get up and MOVE. Great tips on Exercises to lose fat by summer, dance is fun and Zumba is awesome. :) Katie

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Denise,I a0preciate your comments.

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    Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

    Wonderful hub. I do enjoy my Zumba class when I can get there on Saturday afternoons.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Peg, Love that answer. It is so easy to put it off until tomorrow which is something I've done many times. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    Pamela, Great Zumba video. It made me tired just watching it haha. I would love to start an exercise program and get in shape. Maybe I will when I finish this bag of Doritos. Perhaps tomorrow, then.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    cwarden, I know you will have fun and lose weight if you go regularly. Thanks for your comment.

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    cwarden 6 years ago from USA

    I am definitely going to have to check out these Zumba classes now. Thanks

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    revmjm, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

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    Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

    Thanks for the advice and the videos.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Bethany, I think most of us are thinking about toning up for the summer. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Bethany Culpepper 6 years ago

    That's it! Summer is on the way and I definitely need to start working out. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Cari Jean, It would probably be good to get some medical advice first. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

    Not sure if I could do the Zumba with my heart condition - do you know how fast your heart rate gets up to? Maybe I'll ask my cardilogist when I see him next month. Great hub! Voted up!

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Peggy, I can't see myself belly dancing with the candelabra either. Zumba is fast, but you would be surprised at how quickly you learn the steps and it's just so much fun. Thank you for your comments.

    Journey, You might want to try it out because it really is fun and it is a great way to exercise. I appreciate your comments.

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    Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

    I had heard of Zumba before but had never looked into the technique. The video shows that it seems very effective. Thanks for this hub.

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    Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I had never heard of Zumba but that video got me out of my chair and I tried my best to follow along...although I'll admit to being a bit clumsy. Haha! Looks like fun! I seriously doubt that you will ever find me belly dancing with a candleabra on my head. Ha! Great advice and good videos, Pamela. Up and useful!

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Nancy, You can find and information on Zumba.com by putting in your either address or zip code and they will give you all the classes in your area. I didn't see that option on any websites for belly dancing; that may take some phone calls. Thank you so much for your comments.

    Chouji-Von-Lycan, Thank you for your comment.

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    Chouji-Von-Lycan 6 years ago

    thank you for sharing :)

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    nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

    Very interesting hub. I've been meaning to check out Zumba classes in my area, but haven't did it yet. Thanks for all the useful information about Zumba and belly dancing.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    KKGals, I appreciate your comments.

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    Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Zumba is a great exercising program. I became acquainted with it a couple of months ago and love it. Years ago a gym that I belonged to offered belly dancing as a way to exercise. It was also great.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Audrey, Thanks for sharing that great idea and I'm going to try it also. I think it would work well for anyone that has to sit most of the day. Thanks so much for sharing your comments.

    Hello, It is the season since spring is going to be here soon. Thanks so much for your comments.

    emilybee, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

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    emilybee 6 years ago

    Great hub in time for summer! Useful tips I'm going to put to use. Thanks!

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    Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for a good reminder. In a few weeks I will to start to do a bit more exercising.

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    Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

    Great tips, Pamela - I read somewhere the other day about sitting and watching TV (or I deduced sitting at your computer) and letting your belly hang out. I think it is the equivalent of doing kegels but with your stomach and that if we did more with our abdominal muscles while sitting there doing 'nothing' it strengthens them and also takes the strain off our back.

    Since I spend 8-10 hours per day in a chair, I'm trying this method out - but I'd rather be doing the workouts above. I never felt better than when I was playing old lady soccer....though I faithfully ride my bike, walk, and do the treadmill. I think exercise and fun though is the answer!

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Sally, Yes, you would look great. Thanks for the comment.

    Granny's House, Great way to start the day! Thanks for the comments.

    Angiewu, It is great fun! Thanks for your comment.

    acetnna, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I can't imagine being able to move the way Shakira does with that amazing control. Thanks for your comments.

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    acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

    Wow how wish I could move like Shakira. A great hub - Summer is approaching (well hopefully!) and I definitely need to trim and tone. Thanks for inspiring me to start my exercise programme Pamela.

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    anglnwu 6 years ago

    Timely hub--just in time for summer--got to tame those hips and legs to show off. Yay to Zumba--love the workout.

    Rated up.

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    Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

    I am going to bookmark so I can do the Zumba every morning.

    Thank you for the video

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    Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

    Belly dancing does look like fun. Now I just need one of those over-skirts with the disks that jingle. Quite a sight and sound. Ha!

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    JY, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

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    John Young 6 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

    Interesting hub Pam. I learned something.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Hmrjmr, That's the plan. Thanks for your comments.

    RevLady, I agree that it takes exercise and proper eating to look good and more importantly be healthy. I appreciate your comments.

    Eiddwen, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

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    Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

    A great hub with some very handy tips Pamela.

    Thank you for sharing this one and take care

    Eiddwen.

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    RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

    Thanks for this encouraging hub. Exercise and proper eating are two sides of the same coin so to speak and I appreciate being reminded of its value. God bless!

    Forever His

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    Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

    Pam and Pop you'll be looking good! Great Hub!

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    POP, I'm Tina will enjoy a good challenge. Thanks for the comment.

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    breakfastpop 6 years ago

    Okay Pam, I am determined. Tina Turner here I come.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Darsky, Eating right is important and I know you miss exercise. Thanks you so much for your sweet comments. Love and Peace.

    Blissful, My daughter-in-law uses a pedometer all the time. I don't know how that would work with the dancing, but of course, the reward for her is lost pounds and inches. She has done great. There is always running with an occasional reward of just finishing a marathon. I obviously don't have any good suggestions for you unless you could compete with a buddy. Thanks for your comments.

    CARIBQUEEN, If you look at Zumba.com and put in your address they will let you know what classes are in your area. Thanks for your comments.

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    CARIBQUEEN 6 years ago

    Zumba fitness looks like a fantastic dance routine. Your body just keeps moving. I love it. Looks exciting. My type of thing. Great hub.

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    BlissfulWriter 6 years ago

    I wish there are programs where I can wear a pedometer (which measures how far walked or run) and earn points or gift cards or other rewards based on the distance walked. I think that would be a good motivator for exercise.

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    Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    Hi Pamela, how I miss those days when I looked good, now I can't work out but I miss doing it, most importantly eat the right food that helps, alone with these awesome videos you are on a roll. WTG rate up up great hub, love & peace darski

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    smartme, Thanks for your comments.

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    smartme99 6 years ago

    and go to the beach at port dalue and go having a walk in the park don't you wish that it was summer now? i wish it was fall... my dad would just get my sisters barbie car out i like that thing the radio works i was like i hope the radio works and then i truned it on an di was like wow!!!!!