3 Ways to burn more fat with exercise electricity and magnetism notes

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The trouble is that it’s misleading. Working at lower intensities isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it won’t burn more fat off your body unless you’re burning more calories than you’re eating. One way to increase your calorie burn is to exercise at higher intensities.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should avoid low-intensity exercise if you want to burn more fat. There are some specific things you can do to burn more fat and it all starts with how and how much you exercise. Burn Fat With a Mix of Low, Medium, and High-Intensity Cardio Exercise

You may even think that high-intensity exercise is the only way to go. After all, you can burn more calories and, even better, you don’t have to spend as much time doing it. But having some variety can help you stimulate all of your different energy systems, protect you from overuse injuries, and help you enjoy your workouts more.

For our purposes here, high-intensity cardio falls between about 80 to 90 percent of your maximum heart rate (MHR) or, if you’re not using heart rate zones, about a 6 to 8 on a 10-point perceived exertion scale. What this translates to is exercise at a level that feels challenging and leaves you too breathless to talk in complete sentences. But you’re not going all out, as in sprinting as fast as you can. There’s no doubt that some high-intensity training work can be helpful for weight loss as well as improving endurance and aerobic capacity.

Not only that but, if you don’t have much experience with exercise, you may not have the conditioning or the desire for breathless and challenging workouts. If you have some kind of medical condition or injury, check with your doctor before doing high-intensity training (or any kind of training).

If you’re doing several days of cardio each week, which is what is recommended for weight loss, you would probably want only one or two workouts to fall into the high-intensity range. You can use other workouts to target different areas of fitness (like endurance) and allow your body to recover.

• A 20-minute workout at a fast pace: You can use any activity or machine, but the idea is to stay in the high-intensity work zone throughout the workout. You’ll find that 20 minutes is usually the recommended length for this kind of workout and most people wouldn’t want to go much longer than that.

• Interval Training: A great way to incorporate high-intensity training without doing it continuously is by doing intervals. Alternate a hard segment (e.g., running at a fast pace for 30 to 60 seconds) with a recovery segment (e.g., walking for one to two minutes). Repeat this series for the length of the workout, usually around 20 to 30 minutes. A 30-60-90 interval workout is a good example of this kind of high-intensity workout.

• Tabata Training: This is another form of high-intensity interval training in which you work very hard for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, and repeat that for a total of four minutes. If you do this workout right, you shouldn’t be able to breathe, much less talk.

There are a variety of definitions of what moderate-intensity exercise is, but it typically falls between about 70 to 80 percent of your maximum heart rate, which would be a level 4 to 6 on a 10-point perceived exertion scale. That means you can carry on a conversation without much difficulty and you feel pretty comfortable with what you’re doing. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) often recommends this level of intensity in its exercise guidelines. The lower end of this range usually incorporates the fat burning zone.

• More choices: High-intensity workouts will usually involve some kind of impact or, at the least, a fast pace. You can usually get into the moderate heart rate zones with a variety of activities, providing you work hard enough. Even raking leaves or shoveling snow, if you do it vigorously enough, can fall into that category.

Low-intensity exercise is considered to be below 60 to 70 percent of your MHR, or about a level 3 to 5 on a 10-point perceived exertion scale. This level of intensity is no doubt one of the most comfortable areas of exercise, keeping you at a pace that isn’t too taxing and doesn’t pose much of a challenge. This, along with the idea that it burns more fat, makes this a popular place to stay. But, as we’ve learned, you can burn more calories if you work harder, and that’s what you want for weight loss.

It may seem like a no-brainer that regular exercise can help you burn fat and lose weight. But it’s not just about the calories you’re burning. It’s also about the adaptations your body makes when you exercise on a regular basis. Many of those adaptations lead directly to your ability to burn more fat without even trying. When you exercise regularly:

• Change daily routines to incorporate activity. Park at the edge of the parking lot at work to add more walking time, or add an extra lap at the mall when shopping. Integrating more activity into your usual routines will help you stay active, even if you don’t have time for a structured workout.

To keep it even simpler, just choose an accessible activity like walking and do it every day at the same time. It doesn’t matter how long you walk, just that you show up at the same time. It’s creating the habit that’s always the hardest part. Lift Weights to Burn Fat

Adding more muscle by lifting weights and doing other resistance exercises can also help with burning fat, especially if you’re also dieting. While many people focus more on cardio for weight loss, there’s no doubt that strength training is a key component in any weight loss routine.

• Keeps your metabolism going. A diet-only approach to weight loss could lower a person’s resting metabolic rate by up to 20 percent a day. Lifting weights and maintaining muscle helps keep the metabolism up, even if you’re cutting your calories.

• Helps you burn extra calories. If you lift weights at a higher intensity, you can actually increase your afterburn, or the calories you burn after your workout. That means that you burn calories during your workouts, but your body continues to burn calories even after your workout to allow your body to get back to its pre-existing state.

To start, choose a basic total body workout and do that about twice a week, with at least one day in between. As you get stronger, you can do more exercises, lift more weight, or add more days of strength training. It may take a few weeks but you’ll eventually see and feel a difference in your body.

There’s no way around the fact that, when it comes to burning more fat, you have to work at it. There is no magic exercise, workout, or pill that will do the job for you. The good news is that it doesn’t take much activity to push the body into that fat burning mode. Try incorporating some type of activity every day, even if it’s just a quick walk, and build on that over time as it becomes more of a routine. Do that and you’re on the way to burning more fat.