What is the most time efficient form of exercise to lose weight?


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Nathan Towle Profile
Nathan Towle , Personal Trainer, London, answered

The research is pretty unequivocal that interval training
is the most efficient way to burn fat. This is a form of cardiovascular
exercise that alternates short intense bouts of work with lower intensity
recovery periods. Sessions last no longer than 20 minutes and you can do it
with many different types of cardiovascular exercise. So you can run, cycle,
swim, row, skip, box etc.

For an initial workout you can choose what you'd like to
do, running for example, and run faster for 20 seconds and then bring the pace
right down for 40 seconds in order to recover. This is one whole work-recovery
cycle and lasts 1 minute. 15 of these
cycles is sufficient for fat burning goals at this initial stage and so the whole workout is completed in 15 minutes with
15 consecutive cycles.

Losing weight will only happen if exercise is working in
combination with nutrition but in terms of the exercise portion interval
training is what I do with my weight loss clients.

Kim Snowling Profile
Kim Snowling answered

I think running is the best form of exercise to burn fat.

It is easy to do.  All you need is a pair of trainers and you do not need to be a member of a gym to do it.  Just hit the road with your favourite playlist blasting into your ears and you will soon be working up a sweat, feeling the burn and the kilometres will fly past.

Compared to other exercises it has a high level of calorie loss and you do not have to do it for hours on end.

Personally I run for about 30 min, which is usually a distance of 5K and I burn about 400 calories.  I do this 3 times a week to keep me healthy.  However if you really want to shed some weight then you also need to look at eating a balance healthy diet, doing these two things  both together will help the pounds drop off.

Aside from weight loss, running has a lot of other benefits like helping to keep you looking young!

Other benefits of running -

  1. Increases metabolism
  2. Healthier heart
  3. Increased self esteem
  4. Toned muscles
  5. Increased energy
  6. Stronger bones and joints
  7. Relieves stress
  8. Strengthens immune system
  9. Reduced risk of high blood pressure
  10. Improved self image

Now don't panic if you are saying 'there is no way I can run'.  Just start off with walking for 1 min,running for 2 min then walking again for 1 min.  Slowly increase your running time over several runs so eventually you will no longer have to walk.  You will be surprised just how quickly you improve. 

Also set yourself a realistic target it will give you motivation as you do your runs.  Trust me they will be hard and during them you will want to stop.  Just dig deep and keep going slow your pace if you need to get your breath back, you will have such a sense of achievement when you have completed the run that it will make you feel great! 

Why not sign yourself up to a local charity race.

I suggest you give it a try just remember to drink lots before you run, attack those hills, and if you get that lead feeling in your legs it is just lack of oxygen in your muscles.  Slow your pace get your breath back  and you will feel a lot better.

Good luck.

Crystal B.  Astrology Profile

The astrologer chimes in ;-)  Interestingly enough there are better times during the year to lose weight than others - sometimes the planets are affecting us in ways which make us geared up for working out.  However, there's other times where we have no motivation and a planet is always to blame. 

In order to find your own time, you'd need to look at how the moving planets are affecting your personal Mars since that's your "get up and go planet." 

Astrology aside - I personally love HOT YOGA :-)  You can burn major calories by sweating it out!

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