Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness... never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
-- Lord Chesterfield, English man of letters (1694-1773)
What is the best exercise to burn fat?
In reality, there is no "best" exercise to burn fat because it's more of an issue related to sufficient intensity and consistency that helps to speed the metabolism. Not necessarily the exercise itself.
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However, all things being equal, I will admit that there are certain cardiovascular exercises that seem to get the job done quicker and with more efficiency than others.
Bob Greene, author of Total Body Makeover, puts it best when he defines cardiovascular exercise as "the ability of the heart, lungs and arteries to deliver oxygen (which is carried in the blood) to working muscles, and your muscles' ability to use that oxygen to perform work over a particular period of time."
"By increasing your level of cardiovascular fitness, you are increasing the rate that your body can burn calories," Greene says. "The more aerobic an exercise is, the greater effect it will have on your aerobic enzymes (which help you burn more fat), cardiovascular fitness and metabolism -- and ultimately your percentage of body fat."
That is exactly what you want to accomplish.
That being said, I'm providing my top four cardio exercise fat burners (in no particular order):
Jogging -- I know that everyone can't do it due to fitness levels, possible knee injuries or excessive body fat. However, jogging burns a lot of calories and absolutely revs the metabolism. People who jog and use a calorie-restricted diet seem to lose fat at an accelerated pace.
A 30-minute jog at 5.2 miles per hour burns approximately 350-400 calories. The cumulative effect over a month or more is significant and turns you into a fat-burning machine.