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3 Exercises That Burn More Fat Than Running

3 Exercises That Burn More Fat Than Running

Running is one of the most beloved exercises. It helps burn calories, and it is a great stress reliever. Moreover, it requires almost nothing, except a good pair of running shoes and an open road. Nevertheless, even if it burns calories, it does it at 10 calories per minute, during a normal marathon pace. For people who seek to lose weight faster or just want something more thrilling, running is not the best option. They should try some of the better alternatives that are more effective. For instance, jumping rope, cycling or kettle bell swings, burn more fat than running. And they are not the only ones.

Here are other suggestions you could try out, and see which one suits you best. All of them have certain benefits for your health and physical appearance. Furthermore, they are easy to do, and quick, which is great if you are busy and don’t have a lot of time for working out.

1. Battle ropes

Girl with battle ropes

    This exercise will help you improve your strength, hand grip and balance. They are designed in such a way that makes you work harder and try more. This, in turn, provokes you to put in more strength and power when doing the exercise.

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    The ropes help you build muscles like biceps, shoulders and legs, depending on what variation of battling ropes you do. There are several exercises that you can do with the battle ropes. Plus, you can do different motions, like linear or circular. Each movement works a specific group of muscles. For instance, you can try doing squats while moving the ropes in a wave motion (double or alternating). Then, you can do the slam.

    Take the ropes by the ends, stand with your feet wide apart, lift your hands above the head, and slam the ropes on the floor with all your strength. Stand up, and repeat the move several times. However, if you want to work on your obliques you can do the side slam. The movement is similar with the previous exercise, just bend your knees a little bit and slam on the side of your body.

    2. Cycling

    Cyclist at full speed

      Cycling is beneficial to your health for numerous reasons. First of all, it improves your flexibility and muscle strength. Further, it helps you tone your behind, waist and legs. Also, it pumps your heart, making it stronger, as well as rejuvenating your brain. All in all, it is an exercise that puts your whole body to the test and boosts your health to higher levels.

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      You can take up cycling even if you do not have time for it. For example, you can cycle to work, instead of taking the bus or driving a car. It is healthier and saves you money. You can buy one of those folding bikes, that would fit easily in your office, bag, or car, and wait there until the next time you need it. Additionally, they are great to carry with you if you go on a trip and want to ride a bike there. Not only are they functional, but they are affordable, too.

      Static bike

      Stationary bike training

        In case you do not like the previous option, you can always buy a static bike and use it at home. Doing bike sprints would be a nice alternative to running. You would burn a lot of calories in only 60 seconds of hard cycling. What you should do is pedal as fast as you can for 60 seconds, then gradually go back into a slow pace. Repeat this a few times, and you will burn hundreds of calories in a matter of minutes.

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        Fat tire biking

        fat bike

          Or, maybe, if you want something more powerful and demanding, you can try fat tire biking. The reason it’s hard are the tires themselves. Unlike the regular tire, these are bigger and fatter. Thus, they require more power to be put into pedaling in order to move. So, you will burn more calories, around 1500 per hour of cycling, or 25 per minute. It is a massive difference from any other exercise on this list, or anything else.

          3. Burpees

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          Doing burpees at the gym

            This is a combination of exercises, more accurately push ups, and squat jumps. It is intense and demands a lot of strength and endurance. That is why it is great for building stamina and balance. Moreover, you work your whole body by jumping, squatting and doing push ups, so nearly every muscle in the body is being used. It is a great option to lose weight as well as improve your physical endurance.

            Burpees do not require any special equipment or a lot of room to perform the exercise. You can do them in your garden, on the balcony, at the gym – anywhere where you have enough space to jump. If you do them for a few repetitions, and combined them with other exercises, the end results would be amazing. And this goes both for your physique and mental health.

            So, how do you do burpees? Well, first you should get into a squat position, all the way down, with your hands next to you. Secondly, push your legs backwards and get into a push up position. Do a quick push up, then go back to the first position. From here, you will jump up high, and land in a squat. Repeat a few times. If you want maximum potential, do as many burpees as you can in a minute. If done correctly, you could burn around 10 calories per minute.

            These three exercises can be done in combination with others. They do burn more fat than running, but if combined you will get the best results. Even better, they do not require a lot of time, plus they can be done both inside and outside, which is great for busy people, or if weather conditions do not work in your favor. All in all, there is no excuse not to try them out, at least. Take a shot and see what happens. After all, your health is the most important asset you have, and you should not be lazy about it.

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            Ivan Dimitrijevic

            Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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            Last Updated on January 5, 2021

            15 Fitness Goals That Will Help You Live a Healthier Life This Year

            15 Fitness Goals That Will Help You Live a Healthier Life This Year

            Starting a journey with fitness goals is never easy, and you must remember this is not a crash diet; it is a lifestyle. Don’t panic and think you have to do it all at once, as this will most likely overwhelm you. You may also find yourself giving up because crash diets are not sustainable.

            The best approach is to make simple changes to your daily habits, and over time, you will notice all your bad habits have turned into good ones.

            Accordingly to a study by Phillippa Lally, a health psychology researcher at University College London, on average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact.[1] And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances.

            Here are 15 fitness goals to help you on your journey:

            1. Drink More Water

            W.H. Auden said it best when he said,

            “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.”

            With any diet, the most important thing to remember is to stay hydrated. Drinking water will support your body with digestion, transporting nutrients to your bones and muscles, and even improving cognitive function.

            Ideally, you want to drink about half your body weight in ounces per day, i.e. if you weight 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water a day.

            2. Add Some Lemon and Apple Cider Vinegar to Your Water

            It is recommended we sleep for about 8 hours a day, but this means we spend about 8 hours per day dehydrated. Therefore, hydrating your body first thing in the morning is absolutely necessary.

            The best way to achieve hydration is by starting your day with a glass or even two of water. For that extra boost, add lemon juice and ½ teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. The lemon and apple cider vinegar will help your body with detoxifying, cleansing, and digestion.

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            3. Stop Drinking Your Calories

            Yes, keeping hydrated is important, but try to avoid high-calorie drinks, such as soft drinks, specialty coffee, and juices as they are full of fast-acting sugar.

            Really push yourself to stop drinking such drinks, and before you know it, you will notice the benefits.

            4. Start Stretching More Often

            The benefits are vast and the repercussions of failing to stretch can be dramatic.

            Do yourself a favor and always stretch before and after a workout. This will promote a healthy cool down, improve flexibility, and reduce next day aches. Failure to stretch can lead to injures and muscle damage.

            Here’re some simple stretching exercises to get you started: 15 Static Stretching Exercises to Totally Enhance Your Workout Routine

            5. Add in Some High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

            You may have heard about HIIT training because it is the big thing right now, and believe me when I say that it works and should absolutely be included in your fitness goals.

            The benefits include lower body fat, increased stamina, leaner muscles, and fantastic hormonal benefits.

            HIIT is where you perform an intense exercise for a very short time frame (about 30 seconds), followed by a slower exercise for about 90 seconds.

            Performing a HIIT routine for 1-3 times a week will lead to great results.

            6. Focus on Your Breathing When You Work Out

            For the most part, breathing is second nature, but when exercising, you may find yourself holding your breath, and this can have negative consequences.

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            It is important to consciously take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth, as this will fill your lungs with oxygen and give you the necessary energy to continue your workout.

            7. Build More Lean Muscle

            We all want to have lean muscles. Not only does it look good, but it also has great health benefits, including:

            • Improved posture
            • Reduced body fat
            • Improved metabolism
            • Strong bones
            • Protects and improves joint health
            • Improved stamina

            You can build lean muscle by lifting weights or through other specific exercises. Learn more about building muscle in this guide: How Long Does it Take to Build Muscle and Increase Fat Loss?

            8. Decrease Body Fat

            This may seem like an obvious one, but it is one of the most important steps to a healthier you. Reducing your body fat has a lot of benefits such as:

            • Improved joints and tendons
            • Lowered risk of diabetes
            • Reduced risk of heart disease
            • Reduced inflammation
            • Better performance and endurance
            • Improved appearance and confidence
            • Better hormonal profiles in your body

            Remember, it is not a race to see how quickly you can decrease your body fat. Healthy weight loss is around 1-2 pounds a week for your fitness goals.[2]

            Crash dieting or pushing yourself too much in the gym can lead to you achieving an unrealistic target, and you may find yourself gaining all the weight you have lost.

            Think of it as a lifestyle, and take it slow and steady.

            9. Eat More Greens

            What you eat is the most important factor in a healthier living plan. It is important to ensure you are getting as many nutrients and vitamins from the food you are eating as possible.

            Focus on dark, leafy greens, as they will provide you with a wide array of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and antioxidants—all of which you body needs!

            Don’t forget to avoid processed and manufactured food. They are usually high in fat and have minimal vitamins.

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            10. Start Eliminating Sugar

            Another top goal you can start immediately is reducing the amount of sugar you consume. It also won’t cost you anything, and will save you money and improve your health in the long run.

            There’s no surprise we eat too much sugar, and this should be one of your top fitness goals moving forward. Cutting out liquid calories is a great way to start. If you’re looking for something sweet, turn to fruits or even dark chocolate.

            Be careful to eliminate sugar from your diet slowly. Cutting it out all at once can cause symptoms of sugar withdrawal, which can drive you back to sugary snacks[3].

            Common symptoms of sugar withdrawal

              11. Allow Yourself to Rest and Recover

              The workout is where you go to break down muscle tissue, and it builds back through proper nutrition, rest, and recovery[4]. It might be tempting to go to the gym for two hours every day as hard as you can to achieve your goals, but that’s not the most effective approach.

              If you don’t allow for proper rest and recovery, it can set you back a few steps. Your body is more prone to injury and even illness as you can weaken your immune system from all the progressive intensity the body is facing.

              12. Get More Sleep

              When you are deprived of sleep, you make it next to impossible to achieve your health and fitness goals. Lack of sleep can increase stress hormones in your body, and over time these can lead to inflammation and chronic diseases.[5]

              Make sleep a priority to let your body heal and rejuvenate. A good approach is 7 to 8 hours. Also, allow yourself some wind-down time and a pre-bed routine to help get more consistent sleep every night.

              13. Focus on the Habit, Not the Result

              It’s easy to get caught up in trying to achieve a certain look or shed time off of your mile, but the more important focus is on the habit that will bring you closer to those fitness goals.

              Don’t look at the scale, the tape measurer, or the body fat percentage. Focus on the habits that will lead to those achievements.

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              Don’t compare yourself to where others are; you’re right where you need to be.

              14. Take Your Fitness Outside

              This may be hard depending on the weather you experience, but the more you can be outside exposed to fresh air and sunlight, the better.

              Being stuck in the gym doing cardio while staring at a wall won’t do much for your mental stimulation.

              Try to challenge your body more by getting outside. Hiking is great and also just running and walking. Give yourself more access to nature and a constantly changing environment. It also beats breathing in that recycled gym air.

              15. Do at Least One Pull Up

              This is a great last goal to focus on because it’s a great test of strength and to see how you are progressing with your fitness.

              If you haven’t been able to do one, you know what a challenge it can be. Having the goal of doing at least one pull up will not only show you how far you’ve progressed, but it is a great way to become dedicated and motivated.

              The Bottom Line

              These fitness goals will become more attainable through the year if you’re consistent with your fitness. Set yourself a concrete timeline for when you want to accomplish some or all of these in order to create realistic goals in the short term. In fact, start making one of these goals happen this month!

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