The 3 best types of exercise to lose weight, according to trainers – Health News Today

Find out which exercises can help you lose weight.


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When it comes to losing weight, not all exercises are created equal. Just like you have to adjust your food and macros to lose weight, you may also need to adjust (or start) your exercise routine to reach your goals. 

It’s a given that all forms of exercise help you get your heart rate up, which allows you to burn calories. But after that, things can get confusing. With so many options out there — and many claiming to be the “best program” that guarantees the “best results” — it can be confusing to understand exactly what workout can get you the results you want for the time you invest. 

All exercise can help with weight loss, can be a great mood booster, and provide many other benefits other than losing weight. But if you’re feeling stuck in your current routine or want to try new exercises that can help you lose weight more efficiently and effectively, I’ve tapped three expert trainers below who share the best exercises that really work for weight loss.

Also, there’s nothing wrong with doing exercises outside of this list, or just for the sake of enjoying them.

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Cardio exercises, like running, help elevate your heart rate and burn calories.


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1. Cardio 

The first exercise that many people do when they want to lose weight is cardio. And while cardio is great for elevating your heart rate and burning calories, it’s not the most efficient exercise you can do for weight loss. Cardio is important to lose weight, but to really take your results up a notch you need to add in some exercises that build your muscles too. Cardio is an important part of any exercise routine, and you should include it in your weekly routine, along with strength training.

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Cardio intervals vs. steady-state training

Not all cardio is the same when it comes to weight loss. Any type of cardio is important for including in a well-balanced workout program, but the two main types of cardio are steady-state cardio and interval-based cardio. 

Cardio intervals: Cardio intervals can consist of any type of exercise you enjoy (running, jogging, walking, cycling) except you alternate intense periods with lower intensity periods to recover, like alternating jogging with a sprint. The intense periods are shorter (like one to two minutes) and you usually recover for about twice that (two to four minutes) depending on the workout. 

Steady-state cardio: Steady-state cardio is when you do…