Finally ready to make a change and lose some weight? Time to hit the gym. For many, entering a gym means heading straight for the treadmill. However, studies show that running is not always the best way to burn stubborn fat.
We burn the most fat during low-intensity aerobic activities. While pushing yourself to exhaustion during a run might feel rewarding, doing so actually puts your body into an anaerobic state. This can be great for muscle, but your body won’t burn fat while it’s so stressed. Jogging slowly (maintaining a pace that you could keep for several hours) burns fat over a long period of time, but most people don’t have more than an hour to commit to a daily workout.
Love running? Rather than jogging at a moderate pace, try interval training. Engaging in short high-intensity exercises (think alternating between sprinting and resting) allows your body to perform essential functions that will burn significantly more fat, including replenishing energy in the form of ATP, converting lactic acid into glucose, and restoring hormone levels.
In the end, your body will actually work harder during these high-intensity activities than during a moderate run. Remember: Exercising smarter is better than exercising harder!