Will aerobic exercise help me burn fat? How will I know when I’ve done enough?
Stephanie, Los Angeles
Aerobic workouts will help you burn body fat if you do 30 minutes or more of continuous movement. It takes your body 25 minutes to switch to the fat-burning stage during a workout. Try to get in at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three to four times a week. Try to keep your aerobic workout less than 60 minutes. This way you won’t overdo it and you’ll decrease your risk of injury due to repetitive stress. You may have to start below 10 minutes and increase your workout time gradually. Some examples of aerobic exercise are 30 minutes or more of brisk walking, jogging, bicycling, swimming, walking in a pool, aerobic dance and jumping rope. Workouts that include a lot of stop-and-go movements will burn calories but are not considered aerobic.
Cardio Calorie Counter
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