If you’ve ever attempted to lose weight, chances are you’ve given the three basic forms of cardiovascular exercise—running, cycling, and walking—a try. Of the three, running is easily the most intense and burns the most calories.
But running isn’t for anyone, particularly those with knee, foot, or hip problems. It also places a huge amount of strain on the heart and lungs, which can be difficult for many people. An excellent alternative to running may be burpees, which blend push-ups and squats and represent a full-body workout experience. Let’s take a look at the top reasons to ditch running in favour of the burps…
Like running, burpees burn a lot of calories. That’s because they represent a full-body workout, utilizing muscles from your feet to your neck and shoulders. For this reason burpees are considered a high-intensity exercise, meaning they burn roughly 50 percent more fat than moderate exercises like cycling.
Burpees have also been shown to speed up the metabolism, helping the body burn calories over the course of a day. That means you’ll be burning calories without even doing anything.