In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control found that 63% of Americans were either overweight or obese. This number although egregious is not astonishing. Too many American’s consume fast food and don’t exercise. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the number of people who tried to start an exercise program and failed to continue was almost the same percentage. Thousands of people try to lose weight every year but quit before they get their feet wet. Losing weight is hard. It takes determination and motivation and the temptation to quit, stop or cheat is too strong for many. Unfortunately there is no quick fix for losing weight, no secret diet pill, or way to burn off all your fat, just you working out and eating healthy. But if you choose the right exercise you can lose weight and burn fat faster. Cardiovascular exercise increases your heart rate and burns calories faster than weight training, resistance workouts and endurance exercises. Here is your top fat burning exercises to lose weight and get into shape.

Treadmill- The treadmill is probably the most used and recognizable piece of gym equipment in the world. The treadmill allows for versatility and variety within your workout. Newer models are able to track weight, heart rate, calories burned, distance and time. Everyone from beginners to professionals can use the treadmill. Speed and incline are controlled by you, so you can increase it as you become more physically fit. Due to its cardiovascular effects the treadmill increase metabolism, strengthens the heart, stabilizes blood pressure and blood sugars, increases energy and burns a ton of calories. The treadmill should be used on a daily basis as an integral part of your workout.

Elliptical-The elliptical has gained in popularity (especially with women) over the past decade. The elliptical is a cross between a treadmill, stepper and exercise bike. You get the benefits of both a cardiovascular and resistance workout without the wear and tear on your joints. It burns a lot of calories while strengthening the lower body. For people who don’t like to run, the elliptical is a prefect piece of equipment, because it increases the heart rate, burns calories and fat but you don’t stress or strain your body.

Exercise Bike- Exercise bikes are a great cardiovascular workout with the option of increasing or decreasing the intensity as you go. There are two forms of exercise bikes- upright, which mimics the action of a real bike and recumbent which has bucket seats and pedals out in front of you. Both are beneficial to the body by burning calories and toning your legs and lower body. Recumbent bikes offer more comfortable workout with bucket seats and back support which allows you to enjoy a magazine while you workout. Exercise bikes improve ones aerobic capacity, while burning fat.

Steppers- Steppers offer a workout by toning the buttocks, hips and thighs much like climbing a regular staircase does. As gym equipment steppers are hydraulic powered or computerized. Steppers present a great cardiovascular workout with the potential to burn calories and fat. Anyone can use a step machine but it offers the most benefit to women who normally have problems with weight in these areas.

Rowers-Rowing machines mimic the action of rowing a boat on water. They provide a whole body aerobic workout from the arms and shoulders, to the back and abdomen, the legs, heart and lungs. Rowers require proper form to avoid strain of the lower back. If properly executed rowers build muscle strength, endurance, flexibility, and aerobic capacity. There are two types of rowing machines hydraulic and cable driven.

Author's Bio: 

Sarah Labdar graduated with a BA in exercise science and has worked in the medical field since. Her focus is alternative medicine and how it interacts and works in conjunction with traditional medicine. Check out my health website!
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