Running is a great way to lose fat and shed some extra pounds. However, not all of us are runners.
Running seems like a daunting task at times and that’s perfectly understandable. Not everyone is made to be a runner.
If you’ve been trying to run to lose a little bit more fat, but aren’t really in love with the whole running part of things, there are other exercises out there that can give you the cardio you want and help you drop the fat you want as well.
Exercises that Burn More Fat than Running
The exercises below can help you burn more fat than actually running.
These are especially useful for those of you that don’t like running at all. And yes, we know most of you probably aren’t fans of running all the time on top of other forms of working out.
We aren’t saying that running is a bad thing. Running is great! All we want to do is try to help you and give you ideas on how to possibly better your workouts.
1. Bike Intervals
Bike intervals are great. They are bursts of rapid pedaling with time periods of rest.
This type of cardio can be related to Tabata training (short bursts of high-intensity work with short rest periods). If you need examples of what I’m talking about, here you go.
The thing that also helps with bike sprints is that even after your shorts bursts of speed, you are actively recovering. You are still moving. Your heart rate will slowly decrease, but not completely. It stays elevated to the point where your body is forced to keep working while you’re slowly recovering.
2. Jumping Jacks
Doing jumping jacks will help burn a lot of fat on your body. This is because you are forcing your body to use multiple muscles at once.
An increased heart rate while using many different muscles to get through a movement if a good recipe for fat loss.
Don’t just think of jumping jacks as something that is used during a warm-up or as something that is used to keep kids busy. This is a great cardio workout and cardio is one of the best and fastest ways you can shed any unwanted fat from your body.
You can think of rowing as something that is like biking, but slightly more intense. I only say this because rowing is a constant movement and you’re exerting a lot of energy to get through it.
Those rowing machines you see in the gym are definitely a lot tougher than they look if you’ve never used one before.
You’re doing a lot of legwork and a lot of arm work. Safe to say that if you use a rowing machine correctly, you’ll feel the burn and know that the fat is burning off your body.
4. Sandbag Workouts
This is exactly what it sounds like. Workouts that include sandbags.
Tossing them, lifting them over your shoulder, holding them in place, there are so many things that you can do with them.
Working with them is going to feel like an extreme workout. If you don’t lose fat using a sandbag, you are doing something wrong.
You should be able to get a full body burn and work all areas of your body at once.
If you’ve never used a sandbag to workout before, it’s something that you should look into using. A lot of the exercises can be a lot of fun and really cause you to be sore.
5. Stair Climber
The stair climber should be your machine of choice if you’re looking to burn fat in your lower extremities. They cause for an amazing leg workout.
Running will work your legs a lot, but you have to put a lot of pressure on your joints which can lead to a lot of pain. Using a stair climber can give you the same muscle benefits as running can, but without putting much pressure on your joints and ligaments.
Less pain but the same amount of work being done seems like it’s a much better combination than running. You won’t be getting the same kind of cardio with the stair climbers, but you’ll be building much more muscle forcing the fat out.
Swimming may be one of the best forms of cardio there is.
You are constantly working muscles all over your body. You’ll know the impact it’s having on your body right away. There’s no way to avoid it either.
If you’re on the outside looking in at swimmers, it may look as though they aren’t exerting that much energy. Once you actually get in the water and start swimming, you’ll see that even the simplest of strokes are going to expend a lot of energy.
Because swimming causes you to exert so much energy, it’s great for burning fat all over your body.
7. Jumping Rope
I would put jumping rope on the same level as jumping jacks. Jumping rope just requires a bit more coordination in my opinion. You have to focus on jumping over the rope and swinging it all the way around your body.
If you think of a boxer, you’ll see that they don’t have much fat on their bodies. Yes, they don’t only use a jump rope, but it’s something they use pretty frequently. It’s safe to assume that there is some correlation between jumping rope and having less fat on your body.
The best part about jumping rope is that you need minimal space to do it. You don’t need to be outside covering a lot of ground to get the full effects of this workout.
8. Battle Ropes
I never really understood the name behind battle ropes, but I will say that this may be one of the toughest pieces of equipment to use. Not in terms of actually using it, but in terms of how difficult the exercises feel.
Not even 10 seconds into an exercise with battle ropes and you’ll be feeling the burn. It’ll feel as though you are pushing through the burn fo the duration of the exercise.
Battle ropes work your entire body. You will exert much more energy in a short amount of time using these than you will with running. There is no doubt about it.
If you like that sore feeling, use battle ropes. You’ll feel sore in places you didn’t even realize you were working.
This is a good change of pace and will keep your body guessing no matter what type of exercise you do with them.
If you ever met me and asked my opinion about burpees, I would tell you how much I hate them. I absolutely HATE burpees. They suck. However, I do them anyway because of how good they are. They make for an amazing workout.
Burpees are a full body exercise that everyone should do. You might hate doing them, but you’ll definitely never regret the results you get from doing them.
This is such a great way to burn calories in a hurry so you’ll not only feel the benefits, you’ll notice the change in you in a short amount of time.
You Don’t Have to Run it Off
Running can be a daunting task for some people. It’s not something that everyone is going to want to do.
Switch things up from time to time. Don’t think running is the only way to lose fat. You can get good cardio doing other exercises and the ones listed above are perfect. They will help you drop the fat in those stubborn areas and you can be much happier with your body and the continuous progress you have made.