Fat loss comes down to two factors: the amount of energy entering your body and the amount of energy exiting your body. You may know these more commonly as diet and exercise. If you can control these so that there’s a little more energy leaving then coming in then you’ll be losing fat.
One of the best ways to increase the amount of energy leaving your body is through cardio. Cardio refers to activities that mainly aim to improve the circulation of blood through your blood as well as oxygen delivery to all the important areas and activity of the heart. It’s been known to increase longevity, quality of life, and reduce your risk of heart disease/heart related problems.
Remember, fitness is a lifestyle and any exercise you do should be able to be done for the foreseeable future. It shouldn’t be part of a ‘quick fix’ plan which’ll have you put all the weight back on once your holiday or event is over that you were trying to lose weight for.
One of the most common forms of cardio is swimming. Swimming is fantastic as it’s low impact for your joints which makes it perfect for anyone with joint issues. Also, it’s a full body activity which means your heart has to supply more areas and more muscles are working. This means more calories are being burned and more musculature is being trained.
If you’re more of a keen cyclist then you’ll want to look at spinning. Spinning is a class with pumping, motivating music run by an enthusiastic trainer that focuses on burning the most amount of fat in a short amount of time. Classes will typically range from 30-45 minutes in length and will leave you breathless. A typical spin class will burn a whopping 600 calories!
My last recommendation is HIIT which stands for High Intensity Interval Training. This involves short bursts of intense exercise with minimal amounts of rest. The session may only last 20 minutes but you’ll feel like you’ve worked for an hour. This is great for anyone on a tight schedule. Plus the routines can be completed anywhere with minimal equipment so are extremely convenient.
These are the top 3 forms of exercise for burning fat. Everyone’s different so give each one a try and see which suits you best. At the end of the day, exercise should be both challenging and fun so choose the right one for you.