Choosing to lose weight to maintain a healthy lifestyle and improve long term health doesn’t have to mean joining a gym and spending hours working away on machines. Sometimes choosing to maintain health and fitness can be easier fitted in when the workout venue is your very own home. Whatever exercise you choose the best way to achieve burning more fat is to incorporate aerobic (also known as cardio) exercises into your daily exercise routines. Aerobic exercise raises the heart rate, it is physical and allows the blood to pump oxygen around the body faster and increases breathing, improving overall fitness and health. Aerobic exercise also allows the body to continue burning fat for longer periods after exercise.
So what are the best exercises to burn fat when working out from home?
There are many exercises to choose from when it comes to working out at home and to achieve the best balance in your workouts it is best to mix up different exercises to allow your body to work in a variety of ways. Below you will find a few ideas to get you started…
(Remember to check with a health professional before starting any new exercise and remember to adapt exercises and amounts to suit you as an individual).
The classic old school jumping jack also known as a star jump is a great way to increase your heart rate. They work the whole body including legs and arms and while they get your heart rate up they will also help to shape and tone the legs and glutes. Try bursts of 50 in 5 sets to really get the heart pumping.
Yes, you are going to pretend to crawl like a bear to burn fat. Place your hands on the floor and using your feet and hands in an alternate walking motion crawl forward. Once you have a got a good rhythm you can speed it up to really increase the heart rate. Mix it up and move backwards as well as forwards to work the different muscle groups. Aim for bursts of crawling with short rest periods in between to really work the whole body.
Increase the heart rate quickly and provide an intense attack on all muscle groups including the arms, legs and core. Place your hands on the floor and then place one leg forward and one leg back (think of a sprinter about to start a race position) alternate the legs by jumping them forward and back. You will soon have your heart pumping and your legs burning with this clever all-round fat burning exercise, try 5 sets of 20-30 reps.
The exercise dreaded by many but actually one of the very best exercises for an all-round body workout that very quickly increases heart rate and fat burning. Start standing and crouch down placing your hands on the floor, jump the feet backwards so the body represents the start of a press-up position, jump the feet back into your hands and then jump up taking your arms above your head add a jump and crouch down and repeat. Aim for 5 sets of 10 reps with a very short rest period between, once comfortable the sets and reps can be increased by building it up gradually.
Remember this is just a starting point so the sets and repetitions of each exercise can be adapted to suit you as an individual and your fitness level. Other high fat burning exercises you could incorporate in are jumping squats, plank variations, crunches and lunges. Online you can find lots of videos and tips to help you perfect the positions of each exercise.
Have fun and remember exercise is individual so only complete what is right for you.