LIVING WELL

Fat Burning Exercises

Being overweight or obese is one of the most dangerous conditions one can have. Obesity affects more than 40 percent of the U.S. population and the problem is spreading fast. Obesity is measured in what is called BMI or the body mass index, which is your weight in relation to your height. A BMI of 25 or more is considered overweight.

Obesity may appear like a trivial thing but it actually kills almost half a million people in the U.S. alone. If you are one of the many who have decided that you want to lose that extra weight and have a leaner and healthier body, you need to ask yourself what exercises will help to burn fat.

One of the best exercises to burn fat is walking. This means that one need not necessarily enroll in a gym. Walking can be done in your neighborhood around the block or on a track. Or you can just make it a habit to walk short distances instead of driving. It is extremely hot right now, so you might even take an indoor approach by finding a shopping center, church, or school where you can walk to stay cooler.

Another fat-burning exercise that is related to walking is jogging. You can get good running shoes and make it a habit to jog even half a mile every morning.

Enrolling in a gym is also another way you can lose weight easily. Not only would a gym have different equipment to help you lose weight but you can find others like yourself that can motivate you.

If you have belly fat issues, simple daily sit-ups can go a long toward helping you lose some of those unwanted pounds. Coupled with good eating habits, exercise can put you on your way to shrinking your belly and losing fat.

Of course, it is always recommended that you should consult a doctor before starting an exercise program.

Lynn Pass is owner of The Gym in Oneonta. She
holds a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human
Performance from Auburn University and personal
training and aerobic certifications in ACE, AFFA, and
ACSM.