If you’re comfortably jogging along without getting out of breath, then you probably aren’t burning fat, although the exercise itself will be good for your heart. Some people say that fat burning cardio workouts for women and men should quite briefly, be very hard work, in fact well outside your normal comfort zone but others claim that slow and steady will do the trick.
Fat burning cardio workouts for women concentrate on fat loss from typical problem areas rather than those for men which often aim to build muscle as well.
To really find out what works for you as an individual, you should try both methods for a couple of weeks and keep notes and photos so that you can see for yourself.
One of the favourite fat burning cardio workouts for women is step aerobics which will mostly lose fat from your legs, hips and backside, the place where fat seems to develop most in women. Unless you are very disciplined and have a step or substitute at home, you’ll need to attend a class. However, once a week won’t be enough, so you’ll need to do several classes or take other forms of exercise as well.
Similarly, one of the common fat burning cardio workouts for women is running. However, to seriously lose fat, you will need to vary the pace of your run, starting at warm up jogging pace then increasing for a couple of minutes to really fast, sprinting pace when you will be out of breath, then slowing down again for about a minute. Do this cycle three or four times to start with and increase to six or seven times. Running in this way will mean that you only need to run for about 20 to 30 minutes, rather than an hour. Also, you will continue to lose calories when you’ve finished your run. You don’t need to do this every day; two or three times a week is enough with a variable speed run like this.
Circuit training is an excellent workout for women, which can be concentrated on particular areas of fat burning. Try abdominal crunches to tone abs and stomach, leg presses for thighs and backside and lateral pull downs for inner arms and bust area. Do each of these fast for around a minute then walk or cycle for three minutes then do it all again. Aim for a duration of about 20 minutes to start with, increasing to 30 minutes a couple of times a week.
If you don’t have time to go to the gym or out for a run, grab ten minutes at home and do a high intensity workout. Doing this three to four times a week isn’t time consuming but will work just as well as one or two long runs. To make sure that you fit your workout into your day, do it first thing in the morning to kick start your metabolism.
Try one of these suggestions and you’ll soon be losing fat and it doesn’t mean slogging away for hours every day to succeed.