Let's face facts: When it comes to motivations for exercising, not many of us do it just for fun. We want to lose weight, tone up and achieve fabulously fit bodies that resemble celebrities like Jennifer Aniston or (if you're a guy) David Beckham. So what's the ultimate best exercise for shedding pounds, burning fat and looking your best? Consensus from experts: Creating a calorie deficit with the fitness method that you choose, reports WebMD.
Translation: Go for cardiovascular, aerobic activity to blast calories and burn fat rather than do strength-training and toning, say experts after reviewing the latest studies. However, they emphasize that doesn't mean you should neglect flexibility and toning exercises. But the bottom line for slimming down your bottom: "Strength training itself will not lead to an appreciable amount of weight loss because it just doesn't burn enough calories," explains Glenn Gaesser, PhD, FACSM, kinesiology professor and department head at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
- "Leslie Sansone: 4 Mile Power Walk" takes you on a high-powered walk in your own home. You'll stay focused on striding as you trek the miles to burn off those pounds.
- One of our favorite instructors, Tracey Mallett, has created the got-no-time way to blast fat with "Tracey Mallett's 6 Minute Quick Blast Method-Total Body Calorie Blast."
- With "The Firm Bootcamp - Maximum Calorie Burn," you kick the calories farewell in a compact cardio bootcamp. Recommended: Alternate it with "The Firm: Calorie Explosion."