" Resistance training helps you build lean muscle tissue, which is 98% of your body's Fat Burning powers "
When it comes to burning fat, almost ANY kind of exercise will do the trick. Even a brisk walk around the block will do wonders to get your metabolism in gear.
With that in mind, there are two types of exercise that will dramatically increase your fat burning results: Cardio and Resistance Training.
Cardio is short for “cardiovascular,” meaning exercise that increases heart rate. Cardio includes things like jogging, running, spinning or biking, jumping rope, dancing and kickboxing.
The benefits of cardio exercise are obvious — it makes you sweat, and sweating burns calories and fat. Cardio also helps you create an “after burn” of elevated metabolism to help you achieve ongoing fat loss.
Resistance Training is any movement where your body exerts a force against some sort of resistance, such as lifting weights, pulling against rubber resistance bands or even working against your own body weight to do pushups, pull-ups and similar exercises.
Like Cardio, Resistance Training helps to boost metabolism for a prolonged period following exercise. But even more importantly, Resistance Training helps you build lean muscle tissue, which is responsible for 98% of your body’s Fat Burning powers.
Bringing It All Together
The ideal combination for fat loss is a combination of Cardio and Resistance, either done together or on alternating days. If you belong to a gym, you might use stationary bikes, treadmills and jumping ropes for your Cardio and work out with weights and machines for your Resistance exercise.
If a gym isn’t for you, you can get a great Cardio workout by dancing or playing a sport like basketball or even doing jumping jacks in front of your TV. For Resistance Training, try performing a simple routine of pull-ups, pushups and squats in your home, using rubber bands or your own body weight as resistance.
Remember, exercise should be fun. Try to experiment and find the exercises you enjoy most. And don’t worry if you don’t see immediate results. Just keep at it and before you know it, you’ll feel your body getting stronger and see it getting leaner.