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The question on which workout works best for weight loss is still an on-going debate. Though it is true that strength workouts are more effective at building lean muscles, recent studies from the University of Copenhagen have found that cardio-focused workouts are more effective at decreasing body fat.
The study found that those who have been cycling experience a significant increase in the production of the hormone FGF21, a hormone that boosts metabolism, which can mean more burned calories even at rest.
Aside from cycling, here are five easy cardio exercises you can do to achieve your body goals:
- Running at a moderate pace
Running burns more calories than most exercises as it requires numerous muscles to work together in bringing results. Additionally, Running promotes weight loss by lowering the production of hunger hormones and increasing the production of satiety hormones or hormones that regulate energy balance.
Kickboxing is basically a combination of kicks and punches aimed at the air or a bag. Continuous kickboxing can burn more than 100 calories in just 10 minutes.
- Jump Rope
Using a jump rope requires coordination by both hands and feet. Others may see it as a simple game kids used to play with a nursery rhyme in tune but it’s actually a great calorie burner; you can burn approximately 220 calories in just 20 minutes of continuous jumping. For best results, remember to turn the rope with your wrist and not your arms.
- Mountain Climbers
Mountain climbing doesn’t necessarily mean hiking up a steep hill—it’s basically running the knees in and out from a push-up position. This exercise can raise heart rate while building strength and endurance in the core.
- Squat Jumps
This plyometric exercise requires one to form a squat position, jump at an impressive height, and land in the same squat position repetitively. Like all cardio exercises, it raises heart rate, increases power in the legs, and—most importantly—burns calories.