10 Ways To Burn Up To 60% More Calories Every Exercise

8. Log at least 12 minutes.

Any amount of cardio will burn calories, but to really fight off pounds, you need at least 12 minutes (beyond a warm-up) of continuously moderate to high-intensity activity (where you’re breathing somewhat hard) most days a week. That’s the amount necessary to “create a training effect, which improves your body’s ability to use oxygen and generate more fat-burning enzymes, such as lipase, so you can blast more fat during exercise and other activities all day,” says Chip Harrison, exercise physiologist, director of strength and fitness at Pennsylvania State University, and coauthor of The Female Athlete.

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