If you’re exercising because you want to lose weight then you’ve probably been told in the past that you need to be working within the “fat burning zone” or targeting the “cardio zone”. Both these so called “zones” are aligned to ~60-70% of your maximum heart rate and are certainly great for building endurance and fat oxidation, but not the only choice if your goal is to lose weight.
To burn the greatest number of calories – which is a key ingredient when wanting to lose weight – you need to be including exercise @ higher intensities (i.e.: between 70-90% of your maximum heart rate) using movements that activate more muscle groups.
More muscle activation = more oxygen needed = more calories burnt!
To lose weight safely and effectively your weekly exercising schedule needs to include:
3x full body functional movements with resistance,
1-2x high intensity workouts,
Frequent lower intensity exercise.
A program incorporating the above key factors (as well as redesigned nutrition of course!) will allow you to reach and maintain your health and fitness goals more easily.