What is the best form of exercise for me to burn fat and calories?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You don't need balls, mats, and elastic bands to get a great workout. Dr. Mehmet Oz, Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University, says there are only four exercises that you'll ever need to know -- and none require fancy machinery!

First, Dr. Oz suggests that people walk for at least 30 minutes each and every day. "Walking is the foundation for all other exercises because it increases your stamina and prepares your body for strength training," he says. You should strive to walk 10,000 steps a day.

The second step is to build muscle by lifting weights for 30 minutes a week. You can lift a dumbbell, a gallon of milk, or your toddler -- just start lifting.

Now that you're on the right track, Dr. Oz says you have to work up a sweat for about an hour a week. "The number-one predictor of how long you're going to live is how well you can exercise your heart," he says. "If you can push yourself to sweat for an hour a week, that's great. You can break it down into three little segments of twenty minutes each."

Finally, you have to stretch so that you don't get hurt. Dr. Oz likes to do yoga, but he says you can get the same benefits from stretches you learned in high-school gym class.

There's one secret fat-burner that you can do anywhere -- fidgeting! Most of the 1 million calories you consume every year are burned without your ever thinking about it. Only 15% to 30% of calories are burned through intentional physical activity, so minor additions like fidgeting help keep off the pounds.
Mr. Donovan Green
Athletic Training
The best form of exercise for you to burn calories in a hurry will be total body exercises such as squat to shoulder press or squat, deadlift, arm curl, shoulder press. Just keep in mind that as long as you are moving you are burning calories. Do not push your self pass your limits too fast, just take your time and focus on your heart rate and keep your intensity at moderate to high.
The type of equipment used is not the key to burning fat and calories-  it is the intensity of the workout. The goal is to increase your metabolism through exercise. This will not only have your body burning calories during your workout but also throughout the day. There are two things to consider when designing an exercise program to burn fat and calories. The first is the intensity. You must vary your intensity throughout the week. Some days you need to stay at a low intensity to allow your body to recover and to utilize a larger percentage of fuel from fat. Other days you need to push yourself to a higher level which will overload your muscles and cardiovascular system. This is best done with intervals for short periods of one minute or less. You will burn many more calories at this higher level and raise your metabolism. The second thing to consider is using different types of cardio equipment every day. This will promote the use of different muscles groups which will also aid in increasing your metabolism.

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Exercise For Weight Loss

Exercise For Weight Loss

Regular exercise, along with diet, is a critical part of any weight loss program and is often listed first when suggesting weight loss tips. To lose weight, your body has to be burning more calories than it's taking in – a difficu...

ult thing to do if you aren't actively working out. But it doesn't have to be a daunting exercise. Fun activities like gardening, dancing, walking, yoga and swimming can help you burn as many calories as an afternoon at the gym.

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