Used to be, everyone believed that steady aerobic exercise was the most effective way to lose weight. But this is not the case. Because of how the body burns calories, it is more effective for you to use your work out time to try and stay in the fat burning zone, which allows you to burn more body fat and lose weight without having to spend as much time working out.
What is the fat burning zone? It is a particular area within your heart rate that allows your body to burn the maximum amount of body fat without having to take part in extensive aerobic exercise.
The fat burning zone is considered to be 45-65% of your maximum heart rate. If you aren’t sure what your maximum heart rate is, there is a simple calculation to help you figure out what number you should be striving for.
You simply take the number 220, and then subtract your age. That is your maximum heart rate. From there, you can calculate what 45-65% of that rate is, with a good middle ground being 50% because it is easy to calculate.
This is your magic number. After purchasing a heart rate monitor watch, you can now keep track of your heart rate to make sure that you are exercising in your peak zone to lose weight.
If you find that your workout has taken your heart rate above your fat burning zone, take a few seconds to stop and breathe and let it lower. A good way to lower your heart rate is to take a seat for a moment, or to go into the yoga position Child’s Pose. This will allow you to relax and lower your heart rate in a safe way without bringing yourself too far down.
Whether you are a seasoned workout guru or just someone trying to shed a few pounds, monitoring your heart rate to stay in the fat burning zone is a simple way to make sure that you are making the most of every minute of your workout, even if you are just taking a jog around the block.