Is It Time For That Fat Burning Workout?
By Charles Hopkins
Published 09/20/2007 | Fitness
Fat burning workouts are at the core of a lifestyle that will promote a
sense of well being in all areas of your life. These workouts can be
designed to target specific areas of the body, but are usually more
appropriately used to keep the whole body fit. Therefore, you should
include exercises for all parts of the body in your workout.
In order to be a truly fat burning workout, you must expect to
spend more than 20 minutes of continuous aerobic exercise. The reason
for this is that as you begin your routine your body uses the most
easily available fuel -- excess carbs. After approximately 20 minutes
of exercise the carbs are gone and the body will go for the fat next.
The best news is that once the body is running on fat fuel, it will
continue to do so for up to six hours after you have stopped
The best fat burning exercises are slower, aerobic, longer duration
types that involve most of the major muscle groups. The residual effect
of this type of aerobic exercise gives you the most benefits. It is
also true that low intensity exercise uses more fat as fuel. As a
bonus, aerobic exercise also strengthens your heart and cardiovascular
system, lowers blood pressure and improves cholesterol levels.
"Aerobic" points to the efficacy of oxygen as the body uses it during
Fat burning exercises include walking, jogging and running,
elliptical exercise trainer workouts, cycling and swimming. By doing
just twenty minutes of fat burning exercise you get those fat burning
enzymes working. Home treadmills and elliptical exercise trainers are
perfect for fat burning exercise.
Exercises that involve lower impact to hips, knees, and feet include yoga, swimming, and walking.
Try to set three days a week as a goal for your fat burning
workouts and increase to five days as your become more fit. One key to
the best fat burning workouts is to make them fun. And nothing beats
exercising with a friend!
Most of these fat burning exercises can be done at home, but if
going to the gym will help make exercise a regular habit, by all means
do so. With winter weather often making an outdoor workout difficult or
impossible the gym or a home treadmill allow you to walk anytime of the
Don't let anything or anyone discourage you. It's your health and well-being that will benefit, so GO FOR IT!