Fat Burning Exercise

The question of the best fat burning exercises comes up often.

In fact, this one question is still widely debated by many websites and experts.

There are many claims and statements by websites and experts that state that they have the best exercise to burn fat.

Or that their method was the best way for fat loss. 

Unfortunately, not all sites agreed on what are the best fat burning exercises. 

There were two common factors, however, that most everyone agreed on.

First, to burn fat you must include some form of aerobic exercise, also known as cardiovascular exercise (or cardio). 

And secondly, you must build lean muscle by adding strength training exercises.

The controversy is not around whether or not to include exercises, but at what intensity and for how long you should do these workouts to effectively burn fat.

To help clear things up a bit, I have outlined each form of exercise (aerobics and strength training) so that some of your confusion and questions can be answered.

Aerobic Exercise

exercise equipmentAn effective weight loss workout routine should include both the aerobic exercises and strength training exercises.  

Aerobice exercises are workouts that get your heart pumping, such as walking briskly, bike riding, using an elliptical machine and jogging just to name a few.  

When doing aerobic exercises, you want to make sure you are working with in your target heart rate to get the benefit from your fat burning exercise routine.

A good rule of thumb is that when doing your aerobic exercise, you should be able to have a light conversation, say a few sentences at a time.  But you should not be able to sing a complete song nor should you be totally out of breath.  

Ifyou can still sing, move it up a notch or if you are having difficulty breathing, slow it down.  This however just covers the definition and basics of aerobics.

The question of the best type of aerobics for burning fat is still yet to be covered.  

For more details on this, be sure to read more on page 2 of the best aerobic fat burning exercises.

Strength Training Exercises

Strength training exercises are those types of exercises that help build lean muscle. This does not mean that you will bulk up with excessive muscles, but rather you will be strengthing and toning your body.

Why strength training you ask?  Well, when you do strength training, you are building lean muscle.  

The more lean muscle mass you have the higher your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR).  

Your BMR is responsible for 60 - 70% of the calories you burn in a day.

Read this article to understand more on basal metabolic rate.

Strength training can be done with resistance band exercises, dumbbell exercises or doing weightlifting exercises.  

Weightlifting seems to be the most recommended strength training exercise to burn fat.

man and woman flexing musclesWhich ever you select for your strength training, just make sure you are doing the exercise correctly to get the most benefit of your fat burning exercise routine.  

If you are looking for a more in depth look at strength training for burning fat, then check out the continuation of the best fat burning strength training exercises.

Okay, now you know that you should do both aerobic exercises and strength training exercises.  The exact level and intensity you choose will depend on your fitness level and schedule.  

If you are still not sure which exercises to burn fat, then be sure to read the next part of this article which addresses more details on aerobics and strength training.

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