We all know that if you want to burn calories in order to lose weight then you need to exercise.
Of course the gym is a good idea but are there any particular exercises or activities that burn most calories? Lets look at 7 of the best fat burning exercises available:
HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training is perfect for those who have very little spare time as it allows you to work out to your maximum intensity and gain the most benefits in the shortest possible time.
If you have a spare 15 minutes then HIIT is perfect, push yourself for 30 seconds doing 1 particular exercise, then another 30 seconds of another exercise. You should then allow yourself a 30 second break, before continuing with another set.
With this 2:1 ratio you will burn loads of calories, while promoting excellent cardiovascular health as you are really pushing yourself to your limit.
A kettlebell is an affordable way to give yourself a great workout in your own home.
With the various types of exercises you could perform you could give your body a thorough workout, even targeting those muscles that don’t get worked so often.
Research has shown that you could burn as many as 300 calories during a 20-minute workout.
Not only will you be burning calories and strengthening your core muscles, kickboxing is also a great stress-reliever that will help release any pent-up aggression.
The American Council on Exercise has stated that a kickboxing session could burn between 350 and 450 calories.
Did you enjoy skipping as a child? Well, perhaps it is time you took the hobby back up as it is a great way to burn calories.
As skipping helps to get your heart pumping it is possible to burn as many as 750 calories in a single hour according to the National Institutes of Health.
There are a few different varieties you could try to vary the workout and to ward off boredom.
Swimming is a great form of exercise that can burn as many as 700 calories per hour.
As it is a low-impact sport there is less chance of injury than other sports so is perfect for beginners.
This is not to say that those with a higher level of fitness cant reap the benefits of swimming too.
Cycling is a great way to burn calories and is perfect for those who wish to commute to work.
Of course you could buy a stationary bike or use one at the gym, but you could always go out for a ride with friends and make it a social event.
Walking is perfect for beginners as it can give you a workout without you even realising. It is also easier on your joints than most of the other exercises and activities listed above.
For an even better workout go for a hike, as the extra effort you need to climb those hills will help you to see some great results.