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3 Essential Fat Burning Exercises

written by Guest Blogger July 29, 2013

With busy schedules, most of us want to use our time most efficiently, especially when aiming for a goal. If one of your goals is to lose fat, then you’ll enjoy today’s guest post by Sara!

When it comes to exercise, one of the biggest issues that many people run into is burning excess fat. The fat burning process can be extremely convoluted, and isn’t always as straightforward as many people think it is. To put it simply, there’s no such thing as a “magic bullet” for fat loss; you have to earn it.

Burning fat is of course dependent upon a healthy diet, but exercise plays a vital roll in meeting your fat-burning goals. For those who are new to the fitness world, it can be overwhelming trying to navigate through all the possible exercises practiced for fat-burning purposes. Fortunately, there is a fair amount of agreement in the community in terms of which types of exercises are most effective for burning fat, so it doesn’t have to be difficult to choose a jumping-off point.

The following are 3 of the best fat burning exercises that can really shed off those extra pounds in no time.

Weights and Interval Training

Interval training is one of the best ways to lower the percentage of fat on your body, as it helps you to build lean muscle mass. Weights and interval exercises can be done within the comfort of your own home, as they don’t require any expensive or bulky machinery. For beginners, interval training can be quite overwhelming. After all, this is one of the most intense exercise patterns that one can perform, especially once the repetitions begin to increase. If you can stick with interval training and perhaps hire a personal trainer to help you succeed, your chances of burning a significant amount of fat are quite high.

Elliptical

The elliptical is a very special machine, and is perfect for beginners who don’t have much experience at the gym. Easy to use, low impact and highly effective, using an elliptical on a daily basis for just 20 minutes can help you to burn significant amounts of fat over a period of time. When training on the elliptical, you’ll want to take intensity and duration into consideration. Many believe that the “fat-burning” zone is found during relatively low-intensity workouts on the elliptical, so don’t go in thinking you need to set intensity levels towards the top in order to see results. Instead, take things slow and don’t hesitate to ramp up your duration every few days or so.

Cycling

During the warmer months of the year, there’s no better way to get around than on a bicycle. Cycling is not only environmentally friendly (not to mention inexpensive), but can be a huge aid in helping you to burn off excess fat. As with the elliptical, there’s no need to push yourself too hard when cycling if your primary goal is fat-loss. By taking your time and moving at a steady pace, you’ll burn calories and fat without even realizing that you’re exercising.

Reaching your fat-loss goals can be a long and difficult road, but there’s no reason to get discouraged. Give the above exercises a shot, and don’t be afraid to take a break if you get overwhelmed.

About the Author

Sara is a freelance writer who most often writes about business and health. In her spare time, she enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle through swimming and practicing yoga.

Another effective fat burning exercise is using a rebounder – my Mom had superb results when she used hers! What do you do to burn fat?

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