July 30, 2014
Exercise is an essential element to weight loss, but not all exercise is created equally.
For example, your definition of exercising for an hour is probably very different than Usain Bolt’s, and because of that, there will be a difference in how many calories you each burn.
Even though it will definitely burn more calories and fat for you to exercise strenuously every day, it is probably not too realistic.
If you decide to follow a strict exercise plan that involves running 7.00 miles every day, you will probably get burned out really quickly or even injure yourself, resulting in no exercise at all.
There is no single best exercise to lose weight that is universally true for everyone. In order to find the best exercise to help you lose weight, look for something that you can sustain over a long period of time.
For a lot of people, simply walking is a fantastic start. As soon as you feel like walking is not pushing you hard enough, start jogging. After that, start running. Look at your weight loss journey on a realistic timeline and understand that your problems will not go away overnight.
When it comes to weight loss, Cardio is King. The absolute best thing that you can do to lose weight is to engage in aerobic exercise that really gets your heart pounding.
When you hop on a treadmill at the gym to run, if you are working hard enough you will notice that you eventually get a bit winded and that your heart starts working double-time. Because your body starts to work harder, this form of exercise will incinerate calories to fuel your workout.
In an average hour-long cardio session, you will burn about 400-600 calories. Considering that losing 1lb of body fat requires that 3,500 calories are burned, if you did one hour of cardio five days a week and ate enough calories to maintain your weight, you would lose about 1lb in only 1 week.
What About Weights?
Lifting weights is a great way to increase muscle definition, but it really isn’t that great of a weight loss tool. You have probably heard that the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. While this is technically true, it isn’t too helpful when it comes to weight loss.
When you lift weights to build muscle mass, you will likely burn anywhere from 5-20 more calories throughout the day. If you ate enough to maintain your weight, didn’t engage in cardiovascular exercise, but lifted pretty strenuously every other day; you would lose 1lb after about 6 months.
In your quest to find the best exercise to lose weight, take your current fitness level into consideration.
Find an activity that you can sustain for a long period of time and that you really, truly enjoy. When you decide to take your health into your own hands and find exercise that you truly love, you will see the pounds melt away and find a healthier, happier you!