Burn Fat Now!
When thinking about which exercise program to choose, there are countless options to consider. Exercise has been proven to provide numerous health benefits, including increased neural connections in your brain, resulting in better cognitive processing of information. I am not so much concerned with which one you choose; my goal is ultimately to see everyone find the program that best suits the individual. As long as your routine promotes health, I am happy. But one thing people often want to achieve from exercise is how to burn fat and keep it off.
Maintaining a healthy percentage of body fat is an important component in overall health. With growing concern of obesity in America, it is worth discussing ways to add a spark to your workout to target fat burn. One such way is adding free weight exercises to your current routine.
Free weight exercises help to build lean muscle and burn lots of energy. Lean muscle is important because it burns more energy than fat after a workout. The amount of calories lean muscle burns compared to fat is much higher and increases your metabolism after exercise. Muscles have this effect because of the recovery process that rebuilds damaged muscle using stored energy of the body, much of which is fat stores. This means if you change nothing other than incorporating targeted weight training, you will burn fat by using more energy for hours or possibly days after the workout.
Not wanting to give up your cardio? There is no need. You can start your workout with a mile of cardio to warm up your muscles. Plus, vigorous free weight training will increase your heart rate, giving you the benefits of a traditional cardio workout.
So if targeting fat is your goal, choosing large muscle groups will burn more calories and help deplete fat stores. Squats, lunges, bench press and overhead pulls are just a few of the exercises to consider, as long as your doctor says it is safe.