What's the best exercise to burn calories?

The best exercise to maximize calorie burn is one that uses multiple body parts.  An exercise such as squat to bicep curl, to shoulder press is easy to perform for most individuals and it activates multiple muscle groups in the body. 
The best exercise is the one that you will look forward to doing.  Ultimately, if you dread working out, it will become the last thing on your to-do list.    
Jill Mearns
There are a few things to consider when determining what is the best calorie burning exercise for you.

The more intense the exercise is, the more calories you will burn.  For example, running or jogging burns more calories than walking because it is more intense. As a matter of fact, running is one of the highest calorie-burning exercises.  

One way to increase the intensity of an exercise is to do intervals, which are short bursts of intensity.  For example, you could run for 40 seconds and walk for 20 seconds out of each minute.  This allows you to exercise at a higher intensity and burn more calories.  One great exercise to try so that you can experience interval training is an indoor cycling, or "spin" class.

Determining what is the best exercise for you to do to burn calories is personal - it should be something that is enjoyable to you and that you can make a part of your routine. After all, you will burn the most calories by making whatever exercises you choose a regular part of your life. If you like being outdoors, cycling or running might be your thing.  If you like a social workout, a group training class, such as indoor cycling, might be your thing. 
There are many great exercises to burn calories. Depending on how many calories you want to burn and the intensity you are willing to work (ACSM recommends an intensity of 50-85% HR max), you have a lot of choices. Exercises such as jogging, using an eliptical at the gym, weight training(i.e. barbel squats, dumbell lunges, etc..)bike riding, swimming, kayacking, hiking, rock climbing, or a circuit of calisthenics such as push ups, jumping jacks or squat thrusts are great choices for the best calorie burning results.

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Types Of Exercise

Types Of Exercise

Exercise provides many health benefits - from fitness to increased physical and mental energy. In order to prepare yourself for a exercise routine, you need to research which exercise is right for you and how to fit a new exercise ...

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