Don’t jog on the treadmill if it bores you. The best way to burn fat and keep scorching it off is to find a variety of physical activities you find to be fun and easy and to alternate between them as you chug one of the best weight loss shakes. By switching it up, you will keep your mind engaged and your body consistently challenged.
Pep Your Step
Your body burns a higher proportion of fat than carbohydrates during less intense exercise and more carbohydrates than fat during more intense exercise, but you still end up burning more calories overall with high-intensity exercise, according to the American Council on Exercise. This means running at a faster pace for 30 minutes will help you burn more fat than running for 30 minutes at a slower pace. However, you won’t burn more fat if you can’t handle a high intensity and give in early. Get the best of both worlds by alternating between fast and slow exercises in the same session. For starters, pick up the pace for just 30 seconds for every two minutes of walking and gradually increase high-intensity periods as you get fitter. This form of exercise, known as interval training, can also keep your workouts fresh and fun.
Become a Yogi
Yoga is an encompassing term for various intensities and styles of flexibility and strength postures. You have so many yoga options — prenatal yoga and power yoga are just two — that you’re sure to find one that is both invigorating and easy on your body. Doing one hour of yoga would burn about 298 calories from a 155-lb. body, but this number can change based on how intense the exercise is, according to Harvard Health Publications. Still, yoga’s fat-burning benefits aren’t limited to what you burn in each session. First, yoga postures help you build muscle, and having a lot of lean muscle helps you burn off more fat calories throughout the day. Additionally, developing a yoga-centered lifestyle can reduce stress, which can speed up your metabolism, reduce cravings for caloric foods, and cut back on emotional binge eating.
As your kids can attest, nothing is easier and more fun than playing. Reconnect with your inner child and you will burn fat in the process. If you weigh about 155 lbs., an hour of ice skating will burn off about 520 calories, the same amount of jumping rope will burn about 744 calories, and playing an hourlong game of beach volleyball will burn off nearly 600 calories. If you’re a homebody, playing active video games such as virtual boxing or dancing — also known as “exergaming” — will help you burn about as many calories as you would with moderately intense walking, according to a study published in a 2010 issue of “Pediatrics.”
Plant a Garden
Beyond structured exercise sessions, any additional bit of movement you can include in everyday life will help you burn off fat. If you have the space and the green thumb, gardening is just one example of a hobby that helps you keep fit. If you weigh 155 lbs., planting seedlings will burn off about 149 calories in 30 minutes, digging and spading dirt will burn off about 186 calories in the same amount of time, and weeding for 30 minutes will burn off about 172 calories.