It might feel good to put some time in the gym if you are trying to lose weight. After all, you are physically present in the gym so you’re doing great, right? Well, not exactly. If you spend a lot of your time at the gym reading the paper or talking about the Lakers or Knicks games with some fellow gym members, the only thing you might be burning at the gym is your time-and money. You are definitely not burning fat. And that is what you need to do to lose pounds. Burn off more fat by doing the following exercises at the gym. These are the best for losing weight because they help your body increases heart and breathing rates which result in faster and more effective calorie burning processes. The more calories your body burns, the more weight you lose. Why? Your body will run out of food calories so it turns to your stored fat for the energy it needs. The more fat you burn, the lighter you get. No rocket science here. Do the exercises below and stay off the low-impact exercises that don’t do much for your waist line.
High Intensity Step System
High intensity step training systems involve just a simple step machine. This machine mimics climbing stairs. What’s the big deal? Quite a bit, actually. If you set the intensity level right, you can pack a huge calorie burning workout in a short period of time. The key is to set the intensity high enough so that your heartbeat rate is close to your maximum rate possible. Maybe dial it down 10 to 15% but keep it in that range. If you program enough resistance into the stair climber, you will break into a deep sweat and your heart will be pounding. Good news for those who want to burn off fat.
Full Body Weight Lifting Workout
Normally, when it comes to burning calories, people don’t normally think of weight lifting. However, weight lifting is a great way to lose weight both actively and passively. First, the active part. When you are lifting, you are pumping lots of blood and you are breathing heavily. You are burning calories when you do this. Second, after you leave the gym, you are still burning calories at a faster and higher clip. Why? Weight lifting puts stress on your striped muscles and these muscles burn more calories. With weight lifting, you work out regularly in the gym but reap the benefits throughout the week. Not a bad deal.
High Intensity Interval Treadmill Training
Just like with step training above, the key is to get your heartbeat rate within the zone where your body will burn fat. Treadmills just give you a different way of getting your heart and body worked up. Some people like stepping or stair climbing. Others prefer running. Whatever your preference, make sure you get started and stick to your routine.
High Intensity Stationary Bikes
This is another way to do high intensity interval training. You bike short bursts with frenetic energy then you dial down the effort and incline for a few seconds, then you ramp up to speed again. The key is to get your breathing and heartbeat rates up so your body can burn calories at a fast clip.
If you are looking for a way to build up your striped muscle while getting a serious cardiovascular workout, rowing is it. This exercise option gives you the best of both worlds-passive weight loss and active cardiovascular exercise.