We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How do I Choose the Best Exercises to Burn Fat?

Jessica Ellis
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGEEK is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGEEK, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Burning fat is a key component to losing weight. Choosing the best exercises to burn fat may seem like an unnecessarily complicated process, since there are so many options available and supported by various experts. In order to find exercises to burn fat, it is important to understand how the body burns fuel.

Whether jogging on a treadmill or sitting on the couch, the body is busily burning calories from both fat and carbohydrate stores. The body may not pull from these sources equally; generally at higher levels of exertion, a person will burn more carbohydrates than fat. This leads to a confused concept that higher intensity exercise will help burn fat faster than low intensity exercises, when in fact it may be the other way around.

While lower intensity exercises, such as walking, burn a higher percentage of fat than a high intensity exercise, like running, the high intensity exercise will burn more calories overall. If a person walked for 20 minutes, he might burn 100 calories, with 60 calories, or 60%, from fat. If that same person jogged for 20 minutes instead, he or she might burn 200 calories, with 80 calories, or about 40%, from fat. In this case, the high intensity exercise still burns more fat overall, even with a lower percentage rate.

There are many types of exercises to burn fat, including any kind of cardiovascular workout. This may include running, swimming, interval training, dancing, or rowing. The key to finding exercises to burn fat are finding activities that do not get boring or cause too much stress on the body. One enormous cardiovascular workout that burns a person out for the rest of the week will do far less good than smaller, more enjoyable exercises spaced throughout the week. Perseverance, not intensity or style, is generally the most important part of finding exercises to burn fat.

Strength training can be an excellent form of fat-burning exercise that has multiple benefits. Strength training, such as lifting weights, helps build lean muscle, which burns more calories than fat. By increasing muscle mass, a person actually raises the amount of calories he or she burns every day. Some fitness activities emphasize the importance of strength training in a fat burning routine, not only for its calorie-busting properties, but also because building stronger muscles helps reduce the chance of injury, thereby making it easier to stay on track with a routine.

For people sick of the same old treadmill and weight machine routine, there are a variety of adventurous outdoor exercises to burn fat. Mountain climbing, whether indoors or out, is a fantastic total body workout that has the added benefit of constant mental engagement. Ice skating is not simply for kids and Christmas; taking an ice skating class can help build muscle and improve balance, while giving a person a nifty set of skills to show off. For those fond of the urban jungle, consider finding out about the French sport of parkour, which treats every landscape like an obstacle course and encourages practitioners to jump or climb over any object in their path, from walls to mailboxes.

WiseGEEK is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Jessica Ellis
By Jessica Ellis
With a B.A. in theater from UCLA and a graduate degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute, Jessica Ellis brings a unique perspective to her work as a writer for WiseGEEK. While passionate about drama and film, Jessica enjoys learning and writing about a wide range of topics, creating content that is both informative and engaging for readers.

Discussion Comments

Jessica Ellis

Jessica Ellis

With a B.A. in theater from UCLA and a graduate degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute, Jessica Ellis...
Read more
WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.