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Burpees vs running: Let’s find out which exercise will help you lose weight faster

Published on:7 August 2020, 11:01am IST
When it comes to weight loss exercises, both running and burpees are revered. But today we’ll tell you which will give you better and faster results.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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We all know that exercise is essential when it comes to overall health; but if you are planning to lose weight then it is even more important. Choosing the right weight-loss exercises makes all the difference in the world. For most of us running is the ultimate fat burner, but burpees—an effective cardio exercise—has been creating a lot of buzz too. 

So today we’ve decided to put both these exercises to the test see which one can help you lose weight faster. 

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First let’s have a look at what running has in store for you
No points for guessing that a sweat sesh will help you burn more calories. Running burns a good amount of calories as it is a high-impact exercise.

According to Shalini Bhargava, fitness expert & director at JG’s Fitness centre, running majorly concentrates on your lower body. It has a very low impact on your upper body and therefore it is not considered to be a good overall workout.

“Also some people run so much that they lose way too much muscle mass and end up going way below their BMI which is not good. Body proportion also gets hampered at times as the lower body is impacted the most in running,” she suggests.

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Now let’s find out how does burpees scores on our expert list
“Burpees is trendy and let’s face it is a hard HIIT exercise. It tests the body on all levels then may it be endurance or stamina. The advantage of doing burpees is that your entire body and all the major muscle groups are targeted,” she suggests.

Burpees are a mix of multiple exercises–you hop, then you go into a squat, then into a push-up, and then hop up again. That’s why without a doubt it burns more calories than running. 

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“There is another advantage of doing burpees. Not to mention it will help you gain muscle mass too. Plus, there are a lot of variations for burpees, so you can choose one according to your stamina and strength. If you are really serious about losing weight then doing at least 100 burpees everyday is a must. You can break these 100 into sets according to your convenience,” she suggests.

The verdict…
The battle of the weight loss exercises has come to an end and this is the verdict. Running means going out and in today’s time that’s not a good idea. Whereas for burpees, all you need is a small space maybe in your room or on your terrace and you are good to go. 

“I do burpees all the time and for weight loss I always recommend it more than running as it burns almost double the calories than running. That’s why hands down burpees are FTW,” Bhargava concludes.

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.