Efficiency is very important when it comes to exercise. If you spend a certain amount of time huffing, puffing, and sweating, you’re going to want the physical payout! Some exercises are better at burning calories than others, and it’s good to be aware for your own sake.
Running is a classic for a reason; there’s no barrier to getting started! Odds are, when it comes to running, you either love it or hate it. If you love it, great! If you hate it, it can be good to take small steps in the right direction until your body has acclimated and you can start to glean some dopamine from the experience. Motivate yourself with the facts: running is a full-body cardio exercise that is good for the brain, heart, and circulatory system. Because of that, it uses a lot of energy – hence the high rate of calorie burning. The hardest part is starting. Even if you just run fifteen minutes at a time, even just once a week, that will put your body heading in the right direction. Then, gradually increase your time and regularity.
Swimming is great for working out your entire body. Similar to running, it works out so much of yourself, and so many different systems, that it also has a high rate of burning calories. The key difference from running is that it uses a lot of different muscles. While running is largely legs, swimming more evenly distributes the motion between your arms, legs, and core (if your form is correct). And you also get to be in the water, providing a cooler, often more enjoyable experience. It can be a little harder to find designated swimming areas with proper lanes, whereas running can be done anywhere – but your local community pool will likely have slots of time open for you.
What You Enjoy
The key to really constantly burning calories is to pour yourself into a physical activity that you love doing. If you hate running and swimming, and nothing can change that, then you’re only ever going to be miserable even while you keep healthy. Branch out and find a sport, dance, martial art, or other aerobic exercise that you love to do – and you’ll burn calories like never before.
Consistency is what is important. You can go all out doing some cardio exercises – but it’s not really going to matter a whole lot if you do that once every six months. Try and develop a habit. Start slow and set manageable goals, and you’ll find yourself improving in no time.
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