Most Effective Calorie-Burning Workouts
Let’s face it, no matter how much dieting you do, your weight loss results will be limited without exercise. Regular exercise helps you build lean muscle mass and raise your metabolism so you burn more calories and fat than you would just by dieting.
Which workouts can help you burn the most calories?
There are a number of key exercises that help with calorie burning, the most important being cardiovascular workouts. This exercises the whole body and is great for a fat and muscle workout, which will help you burn off more calories.
See: Top 10 Effective Ways to Get the Most From Your Cardio Workout
Swimming and rowing are two of the best forms of aerobic exercise that you can do to burn calories. They work almost every muscle in your body. When rowing you are working the legs, back, abdominals, shoulders and arms all at the same time. Swimming is equally effective as an all-over workout, especially if you’re swimming vigorously.
High intensity aerobic exercise is another great way to burn calories. One session will usually burn between 300 and 800 calories because your body is constantly working and your heart rate will be elevated the entire time. Good high intensity workouts include jogging, running, aerobics, step aerobics, spinning, and dance. The amount of calories you burn will depend on how energetically you are doing the workout. The harder you work and the more you sweat, the more calories you burn.
However, if you are a beginner it isn’t recommended to start out at such a high intensity. Instead, work at a moderate pace that you can sustain for 20 to 30 minutes. When you get stronger you can increase the intensity and length of your workouts.
Building muscle through weight training is another excellent calorie-burning workout – but the greatest benefit comes over time as you keep building more lean muscle mass. The more lean muscle mass you have on your body, the more calories and fat you will burn, even when you aren’t actively workout out.
Burning calories is not just about what you do in the gym either; you can also burn calories during your normal day-to-day activities. If you work or live where you usually take an elevator, start taking the stairs instead. This can actually help you burn hundreds of calories in a day. Start off slow and only do the first couple of flights and keep adding another flight each week until you are climbing up the full set. You can also do small tricks like getting off the bus one stop early so that you can walk the rest of the way, or park your car at the opposite side of the parking lot when doing your shopping.
If you add any or all of these types of activities to your daily routine, you’ll easily burn more calories and lose more weight than you would by being sedentary.