Before you start any workout, remember to do your warm-ups! Once you’re warmed up and ready to go, try out these exercises on top of your usual regime to see better fat-burning results:
Anyone who has ever tried doing burpees would have a love-hate relationship with it. But in fact, burpees work out so many of your muscle groups that it is an exercise that you should definitely include in all of your workout sessions.
This is another good one as it requires you to engage your arms, legs and core. Make sure to move at a consistent pace and don’t drop those knees!
This is a great way to get your heart rate up and it strays from the usual running or jogging for cardio. While rope jumping may seem easy, try it for 2 minutes without stopping and you might realise that it is harder than it looks.
If you don’t have a skipping rope, it is not an excuse. Jumping jacks require you to use your whole body as well and in fact, should use up more of your energy as you’re moving your arms up and down in quick motions too.
Strength training (push-ups, body weight squats, jumping lunges)
Don’t underestimate the importance of using your own body weight to train yourself. Mere cardio is not enough. By doing exercises that force you to support your own body weight, you are building lean muscle mass which increases your metabolism and decreases fat. Add on weights as you progress for better results.
HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training
What is even better than doing all the individual exercises on its own is when you do it HIIT style. That means speeding it up and doing as many reps as you can in a short time frame. Forcing yourself to use small bursts of energy helps with overall fat burning.
When you’re a kid, jumping up and down on the bed or a trampoline seems easy. It may even seem easy to tuck your feet behind as though you’re in a kneeling position in mid-air. But this is far from easy when doing it on a flat ground and you’re required to use as much of your strength as possible to get into that right position and land softly on your feet afterwards.
Any variation of the plank
This builds up core muscles, but when you start doing side planks with leg raises, then you’re really working all of the muscles to its limit.