Popular thinking goes that if you want to lose weight, you’ve got to strap on some running shoes and hit the road every morning (or at least a few times each week). But running is tough and it’s not for everyone – after all, it can be incredibly hard on our feet and joints. In fact, some people will be told by their doctors or personal trainers that running isn’t the best way to lose weight.
The good news is that there are several other ways to burn calories fast and safely. In fact, many of these exercises are more efficient than running…
1. Kettlebell Swings
You’ve probably seen kettlebells at the gym, but have you given them a try? Kettlebell swings can be performed in several ways, but the most popular is the two-handed swing. To do this, position the kettlebell between your legs while in a squat position. Then thrust the bell outwards while transitioning to a standing position.
You can burn more calories by upping your pace, increasing the weight of the kettlebell, and adding reps. Just be sure to ease yourself into this rather intense exercise.