However, some ways essentially wastes more time than others.
All exercise is better than no exercise, but if you want to make the most of your workouts and burn fat efficiently, there are specific exercises that do the job better.
Good Exercises That Burn Fat Before starting or changing your workout routine, it is always a good idea to speak with your health care provider before starting.
The exercises that work well are ones that build muscle.
Long sessions of steady-state cardio are typically what many people do more than any other type of activity.
There is nothing wrong with steady-state cardio if it is something you enjoy, however, if it is all you focus on, you could be increasing your risk of muscle loss.
In order to build muscle, there needs to be some type of resistance.
Good workouts that provide this resistance include:
- Strength training
- HIIT (high intensity interval training)
You can do so with free-weights or weight machines.
However, free-weights may be a better option as they do not limit your range of motion the way machines can.
Calisthenics are basic body weight exercises used to develop strength and flexibility.
It is often done by athletes as a warm-up.
If you are a fan of short, intense workouts, then HIIT may be what you are looking for.
It uses basic body weight exercises as your resistance.
Basic body weight exercises you can perform with HIIT include push-ups, lunges, squats, pull-ups, jumping jacks, burpees, etc.
You can also use cardio machines like treadmills and elliptical machines.
What I do on a treadmill for example is to walk at a moderate pace for 5 minutes, run as fast as I can for 30 seconds, moderate pace 5 minutes and repeat between 4 and 5 times.
The reason HIIT works so well for burning fat is because not only are you developing some muscle, you don't allow your body the chance to adapt to your workout.
When some people reach a plateau with their weight loss, it is often due to performing the same workout for months at a time.
The body adapts to the same workout and without any challenge, progress stops.
For an added challenge, you do have the option of adding free-weights such as dumbbells to your workout.