When it comes to getting trim, you’ll likely need to create a calorie deficit. This can be achieved by upping your exercise, and/or changing your diet. Heading to the gym to focus on resistance exercises may mean you burn calories as well as develop muscle, too. Muscle is heavier than fat, so it could mean you don’t necessarily lose weight – but it may lead to a trimmer or more toned figure.
So, what kind of exercises should you focus on during your weight loss journey?
The type of work out you do will largely depend on your interests and lifestyle – as these factors will likely affect whether it’s a success or not.
However, personal trainers have previously revealed that there are particular exercises which may be more effective to slim in comparison to others.
For instance, resistance training could aid slimming in a more beneficial way than focusing solely on cardio.
Heloise Nangle, a personal trainer and Chief Operations Officer and head trainer at the London-based gym Core Collective, said: “Cardio serves its purpose, but weights is a very important element to losing weight.”
Meanwhile, Ryan Terry, a well-known figure in the fitness industry, told Express.co.uk: “There’s a misconception [which means] that when someone walks into a gym and they want to lose weight, they’ll automatically go to a cardio machine, rather than weights and resistance machines.
“It’s ok, and you will lose weight on a cardio machine, but the most effective way of burning calories is through weight training.”
But what about exercises which are recognised for the high amount of calories which they burn?
According to Women’s Health Magazine, using a skipping rope could see you burn between 667 and 990 calories per hour – if you do 120 skips per minute.
Using a weighted jump rope is also an option and this is said to engage your arms and shoulders even more.
In a close second place on the magazine’s break-down of the best calorie-burning exercises is running up a hill or doing stair sprints.
This could see you burn 639 and 946 – although it’s recommended that you maintain the pace of your maximum effort sprint for 20 seconds before switching to a recovery run or half the intensity.
Meanwhile, kickboxing for an hour may see you burn anywhere between 582 and 864 calories.
Cycling intervals work out at a calorie burn of around 586 to 841 per hour.
Meanwhile, running at a pace of 10 minutes per mile may see you burn 566 to 839 calories on an hourly basis.
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