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What exercise burns the most calories? Which is the best exercise to burn fat? I need to burn fat fast, just tell me the best and easiest exercises.
This is a question I often get and remember you need to move it to lose it!! AND you also have to have the right healthy eating plan and be eating the right types of REAL FOODS for optimum fat loss. But this article is going to focus on the exercise part as you have probably already read my articles on eating real food for real fat loss. So here goes, the best exercises to burn fat fast;
Keep in mind that any activity that uses large muscle groups in continuous motion for 20-30 minutes will not only improve your stamina but it will burn more calories than if you were to just use the smaller muscle groups (such as arms) The more muscles involved and the harder you exercise, the more calories you burn!
These large muscle groups are the legs, chest & back. So yes keep running or cycling for cardio and for resistance training: squatting, lunging, push-ups & pull-ups will burn away the fat! See my videos on how to do the perfect push up and perfect squat, as this will ensure you have great form to get the best results.
For beginners start with easier pushups like the wall push up then progress to the floor on your knees. Once you can do 8-10 with perfect form you are ready to start doing pushups on your toes. It’s ok to alternate between knee push-ups and toe pushups until you can do 8-10 push-ups on your toes. Try 2-3 sets of these then try variations like the ones in the video.
For Intermediate to advanced exercisers the sky is the limit. Variety and increased repetitions will be your progression to success.
You also want to ensure that you are changing the angle and range of what you are doing so that you don’t just work the one range of motion and overdevelop one way. Keep it varied and this will challenge your body in a different way and not only get great results but also create better muscle balance. This means vary the distance between your arms if doing push-ups or the distance between your feet if you are squatting.
Another facet of this question that I would like to address is that the more muscle (as opposed to fat) you have the more calories you will burn. Thus if you build more lean muscle it burns more calories just to move that muscle than what it would if you were holding onto more fat cells. Muscles require more energy to move. Your objective should be not to just burn calories but to build some nice lean muscle, which will burn more calories even at rest and keep your metabolism firing.