Any exercise is good exercise but when it comes to losing body fat, some forms of exercise are much more effective than others.
If you want to lose a few kilograms you probably think that jogging or going for a run is a good place to begin your weight loss journey.
While running can help burn lots of calories, it is unlikely to give you the results you are after.
According to a leading exercise scientist, running alone isn’t the only thing that will make you lose fat.
Shawn Arent, the director of the Center for Health and Human Performance at Rutgers University says that even if running is good for you, there are other factors that are needed to help your body lose fat.
Shawn says that while running isn’t “a bad thing” it shouldn’t be the only thing you rely on to get in shape.
Instead, Shawn says that including resistance training to help build muscle is a better way to go and that making sure your diet is on point is most important.
“Modifying your diet in a way that supports the proper macronutrient intake at the right times is going to do a lot more you than just running”, Shawn told Tech Insider.
“It’s hard to outrun a bad diet,” he added.
So what type of exercises are best for weight loss?
Consider using HIIT – high intensity interval training – that alternates between short burst of intense exercise followed by a low intensity recovery or rest period.
HIIT training is good because it can be applied to any type of exercise.
A example of a HIIT workout that can be done a treadmill is 30 seconds sprinting followed by 20 seconds of rest – repeat 10 times.
A 20 minute HIIT workout using only your bodyweight which you could do anywhere is:
3 rounds, 45 seconds exercise, 15 seconds rest
1. Push ups
5. Sprinting on the spot