While there are many theories about whether heart-pumping exercises are better than gentler exercise programs, the best exercises to lose weight are the ones you will do on a consistent basis.

For that to work best, you need to choose exercises that you like to do, enjoy doing and can do on a regular basis.

Everybody is a little different in what resonates with them, but fortunately, there are lots of different kinds of activities, with some that suit most people. As an example, it will do you very little good to take up kickboxing if your mind and body just are not into it.

Yet it you love cycling, grab your bike and get regular with using it because it will be hugely beneficial to you.

Do What Suits You

Daily yoga is better than sporadic aerobic exercise. However, if you are truly interested in different types of exercise then the best way to proceed is with an aerobic and strengthening program.

Not all aerobic exercises are created equal. You will burn calories much more quickly running on land than walking in a swimming pool. However, be respectful of your body’s limits.

Exercise Burns Calories

Keep in mind that the more you weigh, the more calories you will burn just by exercising a little bit. If you are a man, you will also burn calories much more quickly even if you just start taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

Strength training on its own may help tone your body, but will not necessarily help you burn calories. In order to create a calorie deficit, you need to sweat and also have a little bit of a challenge while breathing.

You should never exert yourself to the point of being unable to talk at all; people can die during exercise especially if they are extremely overweight or have pre-existing health problems such as high blood pressure.

How to Lose Fat

You must decrease your caloric intake by 3,500 in order to lose a pound of fat. The easiest way is to burn some calories through exercise and others through wiser food choices.

If you do not want to cut calories, then you need to exercise a total of about 3 ½ hours weekly. If you are willing to reduce the amount of food you eat, you should exercise at least 2 ½ hours each week.

Beginners are better served by aiming for 50 minutes each week in 10 minute increments. Scheduling your aerobic and strength training workouts and exercising with a friend are two of the most effective and inexpensive ways to keep your program on track.

How Long On The Treadmill Does It Take To Lose A Pound?

A treadmill is a device that allows you to walk or run on the spot in a limited space for as long as you need to. While most gymnasiums and fitness clubs have an array of treadmills, a growing number of fitness seeking people decide to purchase one for their own personal home use.

These days, good treadmills can cost a few hundred dollars or even less. The convenience of working out at home may encourage more dieters to stick to their exercise programs.

However, consistent effort is necessary to win the battle of the bulge. Many people hoping to start losing weight often ask questions such as, "how long on the treadmill does it take to lose a pound?"

The answer varies depending on your age, starting weight, gender, overall health profile, and the intensity of your treadmill workout program.

How Much Weight Can Be Lost?

Generally speaking, a man weighing about 180 pounds will burn roughly 355 calories for each hour of treadmill walking at a speed of three miles per hour. Even slightly increasing the speed of your treadmill exercise to four miles per hour would increase that calorie burn to 420 calories.

Running is even better if you are in the physical condition to handle more vigorous exercise. A man weighing about 180 pounds would burn approximately 940 calories for each hour of treadmill running at a speed of seven miles per hour. Every pound of weight loss requires a calorie burn of about 3,500.

So depending upon the frequency and intensity of your treadmill workout program, you need to exercise at least two hours per week to lose at least two pounds per month. The more exercise you do and the less high calorie foods you eat, the more weight you could potentially shed.

Don't Overdo It

Keep in mind that it is generally unsafe to lose more than about six to eight pounds each month after the first few weeks of any diet and exercise regimen.

Most modern treadmills track not only the speed and intensity of your workout, but also offer an estimate of the number of calories burned. If you find yourself becoming bored for treadmill walking or running, opt for a change of scenery by taking your workout outdoors or to a local fitness club.

On a side note: Boredom is a key reason behind people dropping out of exercise programs due to dwindling enthusiasm, so keep it at bay as much as possible.