Ideal for those looking to get in post Summer shape.

Let’s cut to the chase; some of us are looking to lose weight. Whilst body positivity is, of course, something to be commended, some folk, for self esteem reasons or even doctor’s advice, may be looking to shed a few pounds.  

Indeed, excess fat in your body can impact your health since it can affect the functioning of different organs. Too much fat in the body can lead to blockage of arteries, which affect the flow of blood and oxygen around the body, and can also put you at risk of diabetes, several forms of cancer, depression and more.

However, the good news is that you can overcome this problem in a healthy, sustainable way, via a balanced diet and a keen focus on exercise of the right kind. If you’re wondering where to start, then here are 4 of the best fat burning exercises. 

JOGGING, RUNNING & SPRINTING

Jogging or sprinting can increase the rate of metabolism in your body, in turn, burning calories. To help with that all important pound shedding, you should be aiming to run around 30 minutes every day, which would burn around 500 calories, and kick start your metabolism in the process. 

Many aim for a calorie deficit, which means you burn more calories than you consume each day, and jogging, running and sprinting all help contribute to this in a sustainable, manageable way. Do bear in mind that you expend a huge amount of calories (around 1600 to 2400 for women, daily) just by ‘being’, and that losing weight isn’t a simple calculation. Instead, a wholesome approach is best, involving regular cardiovascular exercise like jogging, combined with a balanced diet.

DANCING

Dancing is an incredibly active, even more incredibly fun way to burn fat. Apart from that daily running we mentioned, you can also supplement that burning of fat by dancing to the music of your choice each day; a little fun contribution to your weight loss goals. Not only good for your cardiovascular health, it’s also great for your mental health, allowing you to connect with your body, improve flexibility and develop body confidence. Fantastic! Another great thing about dancing is that you do not need any special equipment and you can perform it from any place. If you’re interested in reading more, you can learn about fat burning exercises here

CYCLING

Cycling is another effective form of exercise that can help you reduce the amount of fat in your body while retaining your muscles and keeping a strong, strident physique. The good thing about cycling is that you do not need to overdo it; just find a routine exercise that fits the needs of your body and even perhaps can be utilised in your commute or transport needs, too, thus saving you time and money. You can extend the cycling period as you see fit so that your body can maintain a calorie deficit, if that’s your goal. 

SKIPPING   

Once the preserve of high intensity training scenes on boxing flicks, now skipping is hugely popular in the fitness world. It’s easy to see why; it’s one of the best ways to burn calories around. In fact, by doing just two ten minute sessions each day, it’s been said that you can burn 1’000 calories a week (and that’s including two rest days!). The best part? All you need is a rope and a little garden space, and you’ll even look pretty cool doing it! 

REMEMBER TO GET ENOUGH REST

After performing these workouts, it is important that you get enough rest so that you can lose fat without compromising muscle mass. Phew, we were hoping for a sit down – we’re knackered! 

Indeed, when you’re burning calories, you’ll need plenty of rest to restore your energy; generally, two days a week of low or no activity is recommended. Additionally, you should not be too restrictive in terms of food choices; denial isn’t an effective way to diet or shed pounds. Instead, a healthy, wholesome and holistic approach to food and exercise is the best idea, always.