Artist: Anastasia Hisel


by John Harris Fitness

Aerobics could be the workout that leads you to your dream body. When done correctly, the pounds can seem to melt away on their own. But how can you most effectively get rid of those unwanted fat deposits?

It's important to understand that it's not about pushing yourself to the extreme, but rather about exercising for at least 30 minutes with a steady heart rate. Longer training sessions with moderate intensity contribute far more to fat burning than short, intense workouts. Drastic fluctuations in heart rate can strain the cardiovascular system. Studies have shown that the optimal heart rate for fat burning is between 55% and 75% of your maximum heart rate. In this range, the body primarily uses fatty acids as an energy source. To determine your maximum heart rate, I recommend undergoing a performance test under medical supervision. Just ask your trainer about it.

Aerobics originated in the 1980s and has stood the test of time. With music, a sense of community, and simple movements, motivation remains high. One advantage of aerobics is that it engages the entire body and promotes rhythm and coordination.

A common mistake is assuming that fat burns off quickly. To burn the calories of a single chocolate bar, you'd need to engage in intense exercise for about 2 hours. However, it's not just the immediate calorie consumption that matters, but also the increase in basal metabolic rate through regular strength training. Larger muscles consistently require more energy, allowing you to eat more without worrying about weight gain, even when you're not exercising.

Aerobics is fun and even motivates couch potatoes to get moving. This alone is often enough to conquer the inner resistance.

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