Some people think running is the best way to burn fat and calories… a common thought among exercisers. But is running really the best? Not necessarily.
It’s not about what you do, it’s about how hard you do it.
In actual fact the best exercises for burning fat are the ones that you will do! What I mean by that is if you’re told to do circuit training (which in my opinion is one of the better fat burning exercises) and you don’t actually carry this workout out on a regular basis then the truth is that it’s not a very good fat burning exercises for you.
Of course, this is perfectly reasonable as everybody who reads this article has a different situation. Some might live in a built up city where the gyms are packed when then they finish work and some might live in a rural area where walking or jogging would suit them much better than the long commute to do a gym routine.
So, the answer to the question “What is the best exercises for burning Fat?” is the one which you;
Have access to – Equipment or ability ect
Below I have outlined the best calorie dispensing cardio workouts. Feel free to choose the one of these best fat burning exercises and make sure that fits the above guidelines for you.
Best Exercise To Burn Fat
The truth is there is not one but several exercises that are excellent for burning fat
Below are the best cardio exercises which burn the most calories in 30 minutes.
- Jumping Rope
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Elliptical Trainer
High Interval Intensity Training (HIIT) with your Cardio
HIIT is a training style you can use with almost any type of exercise and with any level of fitness. HIIT over the course of your Cardio workout will help to burn more Calories and as a result more fat.
The format of HIIT is simple, all you have to do is pick your choice of Cardio Exercise, decide on how long you want to work out for (let’s say 30-45 minutes) and then alter the intensity over the duration of your workout.
For example, if you choose 30 minutes on the cross training you would go at slow pace for 1 minute then sprint for 30 seconds then at a slow pace for 1 minute and so on for the 30 minutes of your workout!
The great thing also about HIIT is that it doesn’t take as long to burn a given number of calories than if you were to do a conventional slow and constant paced cardio. Consequently, you’ll find your workouts are much shorter!
Typical Fat Burning HIIT Routine
Rest & Recovery – Take a day rest from the full body workout plan i.e complete it Monday, Wednesday and Friday, NOT Monday, Tuesday, Thursday.
Intensity – High Intensity Interval Training as discussed above. Always warm up for 5 minutes and stretch before hand.
|Week 1||Intervals 11||On / Off Period|
|Monday||20 minutes||20 seconds on / 90 seconds off|
|Wednesday||20 minutes||20 seconds on / 90 seconds off|
|Friday||20 minutes||20 seconds on / 90 seconds off|
|Week 2||Intervals 13||On / Off Period|
|Monday||20 minutes||20 seconds ON / 75 seconds OFF|
|Wednesday||20 minutes||20 seconds ON / 75 seconds OFF|
|Friday||20 minutes||20 seconds ON / 75 seconds OFF|
|Week 3||Intervals 15||On / Off Period|
|Monday||20 minutes||20 seconds ON / 60 seconds OFF|
|Wednesday||20 minutes||20 seconds ON / 60 Seconds OFF|
|Friday||20 minutes||20 Seconds ON / 60 Seconds OFF|
|Week 4||Intervals 11||On / Off Period|
|Monday||20 minutes||30 seconds ON / 90 seconds OFF|
|Wednesday||20 minutes||30 seconds ON / 90 seconds OFF|
|Friday||20 minutes||30 seconds ON / 90 seconds OFF|
|Week 5||Intervals 13||On / Off Period|
|Monday||20 minutes||30 seconds ON / 60 seconds OFF|
|Wednesday||20 minutes||30 seconds ON / 60 seconds OFF|
|Friday||20 minutes||30 seconds ON / 60 seconds OFF|
|Week 6||Intervals 15||On / Off Period|
|Monday||25 minutes||30 seconds ON / 45 seconds OFF|
|Wednesday||25 minutes||30 seconds ON / 45 seconds OFF|
|Friday||25 minutes||30 seconds ON / 45 seconds OFF|
Frequency Of Your Workout
If you have the aim of losing weight then complete your workout 3-6 times per week depending on your level of fitness. Feel free to change up your workouts too.
If you find it getting boring which you mind find if you’re doing it 5-6 times per week then change things up. Why not do 10 minutes on the cross trainer, 10 minutes on the rowing machine and wrap thing up with a 10 minute cycling.
Remember you don’t have to endure the boredom of being in a stuffy gym to lose weight. The whole point of trying to lose fat is to create a calorie deficit which can be done in many ways outside the gym.
Hike up a mountain, go play squash or whatever with your friends. Make it FUN! If its fun then is it’s more likely that you’re going to stick to it and that will be your own best exercise to burn fat!
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