Four great fat burners

”Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness...never put off till tomorrow what you can do today." - Lord Chesterfield

What is the best exercise to burn fat?

In reality, there is no best exercise to burn fat, because it's more of an issue related to sufficient intensity and consistency that helps to speed the metabolism. Not necessarily the exercise itself.

However, all things being equal, I will admit that there are certain cardiovascular exercises that seem to get the job done quicker and with more efficiency than others.

Bob Greene, author of Total Body Makeover, puts it best when he defines cardiovascular exercise as "the ability of the heart, lungs and arteries to deliver oxygen (which is carried in the blood) to working muscles, and your muscles' ability to use that oxygen to perform work over a particular period of time."

Greene also states, "By increasing your level of cardiovascular fitness, you are increasing the rate that your body can burn calories. The more aerobic an exercise is, the greater effect it will have on your aerobic enzymes (which help you burn more fat), cardiovascular fitness and metabolism - and ultimately your percentage of body fat."

That is exactly what you want to accomplish.

That being said, I'm providing my top-4 cardio exercise fat burners (in no particular order):

Jogging - I know that everyone can't do it due to fitness levels, possible knee injuries or excessive body fat. However, jogging burns a lot of calories and absolutely revs the metabolism. People who jog and use a calorie-restricted diet seem to lose fat at an accelerated pace.

A 30-minute jog at 5.2 miles per hour burns approximately 350-400 calories. The cumulative effect over a month or more is significant and turns you into a fat-burning machine.

Stepmill - Found in most gyms and not to be confused with the traditional stair stepper, the Stepmill actually has revolving steps that you continually climb while holding onto side bars.

It is a very difficult workout when first beginning and many people can only last several minutes.

If you build your capacity with natural progression, you’ll be doing 20-30 minutes within a month. You’ll also burn approximately 350 calories in about 30 minutes.

Aerobic classes - Many cardiovascular exercise classes such as Cardio Kickboxing and Jazzercise fall into this category.

As long as the class is aerobic and challenging, you’ll get tremendous benefit. The calorie expenditure is dependent upon the type of class as well as continuous aerobic movement.

Spinning - Spinning is an indoor specialized stationary-bike ride class, limited to about 15 people and lasting about 45 minutes. Your spinning instructor plans a ride over imaginary terrain by changing intensity and speeds.

The ride is set to upbeat music so it's a load of fun. You'll get extremely fit by spinning and will burn inches off your butt and shape your legs.

Don't assume that I don't like or approve of other forms of cardiovascular exercise. In fact, powerwalking is an excellent form of cardio and actually what most beginners should start with.

I just wanted to give you my calorie-crunching favourites. As always, check with your doctor before starting any exercise programme.

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