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10 Fat-Burning Exercises You Can Do at Home

You’ll be ripped in no time using these simple, at-home fat-burning exercises.

Fortunately, you don’t have to hit the gym or use expensive exercise equipment to do fat-burning exercises from home. Such workouts come in handy when you’re traveling or staying in a hotel, as they don’t require much floor space — and simply use your own body weight for resistance. For best results, complete at least three sets of each exercise below.

1. Burpees

Burpees will help you break a sweat in no time, and burn fat fast. To complete this exercise, start in a standing position and squat down placing your hands on the ground in front of your feet. Kick your feet out back behind you until you’re in a plank position. Complete one push up; then quickly pull your feet in toward your hands until you’re in a squat position once again. Finally, fully extend your legs and jump up in the air; repeat the exercise for 10 to 20 reps, or until you feel fatigued. You can eliminate the push-up option while in the plank position if desired.

2. Squat Jumps

You’ll have tight, toned legs in no time by regularly performing squat jumps. Begin with your feet wider than should width apart. First, squat down until your thighs are at least parallel with the floor. Then, swinging your arms for momentum, jump up as high as you can and fall back down into a squatting position. Repeat this exercise continuously — completing at least 10 repetitions in a row until you feel fatigued.

3. Jumping Lunges

Jumping lunges are similar to jump squats, and there are several different ways to do this exercise. One way is to begin in a lunge position, with one leg in front of you and the other extended behind your body. Swinging your arms for momentum, jump up and lunge down continuously keeping the same leg in front of you the whole time; then switch legs. To change things up a bit, try alternating lunge jumps by switching legs (like a pair of scissors) every other jump.

4. Squat Kicks

Tone up your legs fast by incorporating squats kicks into your fat-burning routine. Stand with your feet wider than shoulder-width apart and squat down until your thighs are about parallel with the floor. Then, stand up and kick your right leg out in front of your body. Complete another squat and kick your left leg out in front if you. Repeat continuously until you complete at least 10 to 20 squat kicks.

5. Rope Jumping

You can burn a significant amount of calories jumping rope — 300 to 450 calories in just 30 minutes, according to Harvard Health Publications. Try a variety of different rope jumps, including jumping one foot at a time, jumping on one foot, high-knee jumps, jumping two feet at a time, jumping front to back or side to side, scissor-kick jumps, and speed jumping. Even if you don’t have a jump rope, you can reap fat-burning benefits by going through the same motions — but without a rope.

6. Jumping Jacks

While jumping jacks may seem simple, doing this exercise is an excellent way to tighten and tone your entire body. To complete jumping jacks, jump in the air while spreading apart your legs and raising your arms above your head; then jump again to return to a standing position with arms at your side. Repeat continuously until you feel fatigued.

7. Jumping Elbow-Knee Touches

This exercise not only burns calories and fat, it helps trim your midsection and strengthen your abdominal muscles. To complete jumping elbow-knee touches, stand up and touch your right elbow to your right knee while jumping in the air; then jump again and touch your left elbow to left knee in a continuous body-bending, side-to-side motion.

8. Pushups

Pushups are an excellent addition to any fat-burning regimen because this exercise strengthens your entire body — especially your chest and arms. Begin in a plank position. Keep your body straight and slowly lower it (using your arms), until your chest is almost touching the floor. Slowly lift your body back up into a plank position using your chest and arm muscles, and repeat the exercise.

9. Horizontal Abdominal Workouts

Complete horizontal abdominal workouts daily to achieve a tight, toned, and flat stomach. Do jackknife sit-ups, crunches, leg raises while on your back, and plank exercises. Start in a plank position and work your oblique muscles by touching your right elbow to your right knee; then touch your left elbow to your left knee and repeat the exercise while maintaining a plank position.

10. Calf raises

To finish out your at-home fat-burning workout, try calf raises to tone up your lower legs. While in a standing position, slowly raise up your body using your calf muscles until your weight is on your toes. Hold this position for a few seconds; then lower your body back down until your feet are almost flat, and repeat the exercise until your calf muscles fatigue.

You’ll be ripped in no time using these simple, at-home fat-burning exercises.

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