Want to find your perfect fat melting zone? Don your heart rate monitor and read on…
In years gone by it was said that the best way to lose weight was to enter your fat burning zone during your chosen exercise activity. For the best fat burn you had to work at 70% of your maximum heart rate for your age.
When you work out in your fat-burning heart rate zone, your body taps into fat stores for energy instead of using basic sugars and carbohydrates which leads to fat loss. So basically, this means at lower intensities, the body may burn 50 percent of the calories from fat, while at higher intensities it may only burn 35 percent. However, at higher intensities you burn way more total calories—and more fat calories overall—than you do at lower intensities.
Thankfully the fat burning zone is a pretty outdated belief. Doing all that maths to stay in your optimum fat burning zone does nothing but take your mind off the job in hand of burning through as many calories as you can.
With three kids in tow I don’t have a lot of time on my hands so I much prefer a short, sharp 30-minute workout of high intensity Interval training. In this type of session, you mix your best efforts with short bouts of recovery. This is one of the best ways of maximising calorie expenditure, improving aerobic fitness and making use of limited time. To get the most out of an interval session, ensure that you work outside the comfort zone on the efforts and ease right off during the recoveries.
That is not to say that every workout you do should be a high intensity training one. If every session you carried out was at this level of intensity you would be more prone to muscle fatigue, soreness and injury. Mix up these training sessions with lower level intensity workouts. For example, try an ashtanga yoga class which is hard cardiovascular experience and makes you sweat but is of a much lower intensity than a HIIT training session and is great for building core strength and toning your muscles or simply go for a decent paced walk to allow muscle recovery.