Fat Burning Workouts

By Patricia ZelmEmmart CHHC, AADP

Everyone has a different level of fitness, which means their bodies will burn fat at various levels. To lose weight you have to be able to effectively burn the fat that is stored in your body.

Your body is always burning fat. That’s where it gets the energy for daily activities. However, if weight loss is your goal it is important to increase your activity and decrease your intake of food. Finding the workout that will challenge you, and burn body fat may not be easy. However, keep in mind giving your workout some variety is a good way to stay interested over time.

Here is a list of a few different fat-burning workouts for you to try. For each activity the average calories burned are based on an individual that is 150 lbs, and who exercised for one hour.

  • Walking:
    Many people completely underestimate walking as a cardio workout. The key to walking is doing a brisk walk or power walking. This is a workout that can be done on a treadmill or outside. On the average 297 Calories per hour are burned.
  • Jogging or Running:
    This will burn fat and tone your body. You will want to make sure to invest in a good pair of running shoes. This is a workout that can also be done on a treadmill or outside. On the average 675 calories per hour are burned during running.
  • Swimming:
    This exercise will give the body excellent cross training. Swimming is a low impact and would be a good workout for all age groups. On the average there’s 603 calories burned per hour.
  • strong>Cardiovascular Exercises:
    These are workouts that get you really moving and your heart rate up to burn the fat. The top two you hear about right now is Zumba and Kettle Bells. Zumba is a choreographed Latin inspired aerobic workout. Kettle Bells is a combination of cardio, flexibility and strength training. You use weighted cannonball with handles in swinging movements.
  • Bicycling:
    You will get a good exercise, while enjoying nature. You control the resistance, which means you control the level of your workout each time. The average calories burned during an hour are about 441.
  • Lifting Weights:
    Through weight lifting on a regular base, you will build muscles, increase bone density and gain strength. All of this will help your metabolism to increase even during resting time.
  • Circuit Training:
    If your time is limited this will give you both cardio and strength training all together. By increasing your heart rate your body will begin to burn the stored body fat.

Combine any of these exercises with a healthy diet filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein. You don’t have to be a marathon runner to increase your metabolism. You just have to find an activity that you enjoy and do it.

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