Three ways to burn the most calories in a half-hour workout

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Three ways to burn the most calories in a half-hour workout

When it comes to trimming off extra weight, most people turn to diet and exercise to get back in shape, which can lead to long hours in the gym.

However, a recent study by the University of Copenhagen suggests that an aerobic workout routine doesn't need to be long to be effective. Of the more than 60 men who participated in the research, those who engaged in moderate 30-minute exercises experienced the highest level of weight loss when compared to those who engaged in longer high intensity regimens.

If you've been searching for a quick and efficient routine to shed calories that won't take up too much of your day, consider these three routines, which can leave you feeling energized in 30 minutes or less!

1. Head for the treadmill.
Commercial treadmills are a great way to make the most of a speedy workout. After warming up, Self magazine recommends breaking a routine down to 10-minute intervals. Starting with a quick, one minute jog, try transitioning to a sprint, then closing with another jog at a two to five percent incline. By repeating this up to three times, you're sure to feel the burn.

2. Work up a sweat on a commercial cross trainer.
If you want a well-rounded cardio workout, go for a 30-minute routine on a commercial cross trainer. Beginning at an easy pace can help you warm up and brace your body for the challenges ahead. Consider breaking your session into two-minute intervals, increasing speed and incline with each transition.

3. Go old school.
In addition to using commercial fitness equipment, Prevention magazine recommends integrating jumping jacks and other calisthenics into an exercise regimen. These aerobic activities can help build muscle tone and definition even if you're strapped for time during your workout.