How do you make the most of your time working out? Find out which activities and machines give the best calorie burn here.

You know you need to exercise, but you want to make the most out of the time you spend exercising. When it comes to cardiovascular exercise, there are big differences between different types of machines, videos and activities. Learn about the best ways to make the most of your time and sweat.

Gym Machines

Some machines at the gym give a rather low calorie burn, which is surprising for those new to exercising. Recumbent bikes, regular exercise bikes and treadmills all have potential to give a very low calorie burn. These machines are ones that are exceptionally good to use if you are coming back to exercise after surgery or some other type of injury because you can get some mild cardio exercise while on them and work back up to a more strenuous exercise level. If you are looking to find the biggest and best calorie burn at the gym, use the interval training programs on stair stepping machines, the elliptical or better yet, try to find an arc trainer. Not all gyms have arc trainer machines, but if they do you have a great tool to get a fantastic calorie burn. Make sure that you follow an interval type program, whether it is through your playlist on your music player or on the machine itself. By using an interval program, you are priming your body to have different levels of exertion through the workout and that provides a better overall cardiovascular workout and calorie burn.

Workout Videos

Like with the machines you find at the gym, the best calorie burn you can get from a workout video depends, but some of the best of the best are from names you have probably heard before. Cardio workouts from The FIRM, Zumba and P90X offer some of the best calorie burn rates available, but it all depends on how you work with the video. A good measurement of how much energy you are exerting is if you can talk easily and if you are sweating. A vigorous workout will make it so that you cannot carry on a conversation and can only speak in short phrases or sentences without disrupting your rhythm and workout. If you are putting forth a vigorous effort, you will also notice that you will start sweating within the first five minutes of your exercise. If you are not sweating by that point, you are not getting an aggressive calorie burn.

Everyday Activities

When it comes to everyday activities, count on the calorie burn being less significant, but the resistance workout you get can be substantial. If you are working in your garden, you are working your muscles more than your heart and cardiovascular system. Doing more muscle-oriented exercise is called “resistance” exercise and is an important part of your regimen, so do not discount it completely. One way to increase your calorie burn is to intensify regular daily duties. If you are picking up the after your dog in the backyard, do squats, making sure to bend fully with your knees and not your back. Depending on how long it has been since you last picked up after you dog, you will definitely feel it in the morning in your thighs. By building strength in the larger muscle groups of your body like your thighs and glutes, you increase the amount of energy your body burns while at rest, so do not forget about your resistance work.