When It comes to weight loss, a healthy diet can only take you so far. I want to share with you the best types of exercise for weight loss to help you reach your goals. Any type of exercise is great as it all burns calories but some exercises are better than others.

As well as having a healthy diet, exercise is important in creating a healthy body, it burns calories and increases muscle mass.

Best Exercise For Weight Loss

So Here Are The Best Types Of Exercise For Weight Loss


Running (or Jogging) is one of the best options to help you lose weight. It burns a lot more calories than other exercises because it requires more muscles working together.

Running at just 5 mph (8 kph) for 30 minutes can burn as many as 355 calories for someone weighing 185lbs. As time goes on and your running improves, stepping the speed up just 1 mph makes a huge amount of difference, burning up to 444 calories just from running at 6 mph (9.7 kph).

Running is a great option as it can be done anywhere, even indoors with a treadmill. It is also a great way to burn visceral fat (belly fat).

Strength training

Gym Workout

Strength training comes in many different forms from weight lifting to bodyweight exercises and they all work to build extra muscle mass.

Building muscle mass is a great way to lose weight as your body will need to burn more calories to accommodate the new mass. Not just while exercising but all the time, even when resting. So you will burn more calories in your day-to-day life.

Resistance training can also burn calories for longer after exercise than aerobic exercise.


Swimming is a low impact exercise which means it’s great for your joints. If you have a lot of weight to lose this can be the best starting point to shift some weight before moving on to more intense exercises.

There are many different forms of swimming each having different calorie burn rates. These can range from 200 calories to over 400 calories from 30 minutes of swimming depending on your weight.

Interval Training

Interval training refers to bursts of intense exercise with short recovery periods in between. Most commonly known as HIIT ( High-intensity interval training).

You can choose any exercises to add to your HIIT workout from high knee running to push-ups and squat jumps.

Because the exercises change between each rest period you can get the benefits of resistance and cardio training. It can also burn up 30% more calories per minute than other exercises such as running or weight lifting.



Walking can be a great way to lose weight, it’s easy to fit into your day and low impact. You can add walking during lunch at work, skipping the lift to take the stairs or taking the dog for extra walks.

Walking just one mile can burn around 100 calories depending on your weight and sex.

Although walking doesn’t burn as many calories as other exercises, it is a good starting point. It doesn’t require too much effort and can be a gateway to more intense exercise such as running.

What Type Of Exercise Do You Find Best For Weight Loss?

Let me know in the comments below.

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