What are Some Fat Burning Exercises?

Mixing push ups with jogging can help burn fat.
Running increases a person's heart rate and burns calories.
Running can burn 300 calories every half hour.
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There are many different types of fat burning exercises that are popular today. Since weight gain occurs when the body takes in more energy that it burns, including fat burning workouts in your daily routine is important. Since there are so many different fat burner activities to choose from, custom workouts can be created by combining several different exercises based on personal preference and lifestyle. Popular fat burning exercises include cardio kickboxing, cycling, rowing, aerobics and running.

Running can burn up to 300 calories per 30 minutes. Since this exercise puts a lot of pressure on the legs and feet, it isn’t a good choice for those with knee or other leg problems. Good shoes that support the feet and add padded comfort are extremely important for runners. Brisk walking can burn about 180 calories per 30 minutes and is an ideal exercise to begin with before focusing solely on running.

Aerobic fat burning exercises vary in the amount of calories they burn depending on their intensity. Low impact aerobics involve less intense arm and leg movements, while high impact aerobics require a higher amount of energy expended. It's best to master low level aerobic exercise workouts before moving on to high impact aerobic fat burning exercises.


Rowing is a popular fat burning exercise since it can be done both during boating season and indoors using a rowing machine. Some people prefer rock climbing and this may also be done outdoors or on rock climbing walls in gyms. Both rowing and rock climbing activities can burn up to 400 calories in 30 minutes.

Cycling is another one of the fat burning exercises that can be done both outdoors and indoors. Pedaling an exercise bike at a slower pace or riding a bicycle on straight roads burns about 200 calories in 30 minutes, but fast pedaling and riding uphill can increase the fat burned up to 400 calories.

Cardio kickboxing is a very active exercise. Moving the arms and legs at a lower intensity can burn about 300 calories per 30 minutes. High impact cardio kickboxing exercises can burn up to 500 calories in 30 minutes.


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