Every weight loss plan needs to include exercise. Whether you enjoy running every day, lifting weights, or engaging in an athletic sport to feed your competitive nature, the physical fitness levels that you reach will help you increase your fat burning capabilities and reduce the amount of weight you carry around. In addition to what you’re already doing, try these five moves that will help you with the fat burning process and ensure you reach your weight loss potential.
Squats are going to target your thighs, your bottom, and even your core. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and slowly bend your knees, allowing yourself to lower yourself towards the floor. Go as low as you can; it won’t take long to figure out your range of motion. Slowly bring yourself back up to a standing position, keeping your back straight at all times. Repeat this for at least 10 squats, and do 3 repetitions.
This will push you a little harder than your general stomach crunch. Lay on the floor with your legs flat on the ground. Lift both your upper body and your legs (keeping them straight) until you are sitting up in a V-formation. Lower yourself back to the ground, and immediately come back up into a V position. Do this 15 times, then rest and do another 15 V-Ups. You’ll work out your abs and your core, and the fat burning results will be amazing.
3: Incline Push-Up
Push-ups in general are great for weight loss and they also give you a nice tone to your arms, shoulders, and chest. However, to really maximize your fat burning potential, kick it up a notch and try an incline push-up. To achieve this, you’ll need to raise your feet higher than your head and hands. You can place your feet on a step, rest your calves on an exercise ball, or even use a chair. Lower yourself towards the ground and do a push-up. Once you lower yourself to the ground (keeping your back straight and your head up), hold yourself there for 10 seconds and then push yourself back up. Do this 8 to 10 times.
The plank is famous for burning fat and giving you a strong, lean core. Start by laying on your stomach and then curl your toes under and push yourself up onto your elbows and your toes, holding your body perfectly still and straight. Begin by holding a plank pose for 10 seconds, then increase it to 15 seconds, and then keep going until you’re impressing all your friends with how long you can hold a plank.
5: Old Fashioned Sprints
Sharp, intense bursts of exercise are great for fat burning. Measure out 100 yards, and sprint from start to finish as fast as you possible can. Walk back to the starting line and sprint again, as fast as possible. Do this five times. You’ll increase your endurance, burn calories, and turn fat into muscle.
Any type of exercise you’re doing will help you with your weight loss and assist your body in revving up the metabolism, which is critical in the fat burning process. You should continue with your exercise program, but also incorporate these five fat burning exercises. You’ll notice nearly immediate results, and you’ll feel challenged physically.