Here's your #1 workout to lose weight!

I have to tell you this up front: I hate working out. No, really, I hate it with the fiery passion that I only usually reserve for people who say something so racist or sexist that I want to punch them in the face despite being a life-long pacifist. Yes, that's how much I hate any kind of exercise--which is why it might be kind of funny that I'm simultaneously the kind of person that's always looking for the right way to lose weight through exercise and, thanks to Health.com, I've finally found it!

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According to a new report from Health.com, the best exercise to shed the pounds is the one that burns calories most efficiently. That means that it's all about cardio, cardio, cardio!  

So what's the best for cardio? I turned to a couple of friends who are big into exercise and pretty much all of them try to push me toward running. Better than running, though, are interval-style workouts that alternate between short bursts of high-intensity exercise (like running, jumping jacks or jump-rope) followed by brief periods of active recovery.

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Of course, it's not just about one thing that works for everyone. You have to be able to be flexible and you have to be able to do what works for you. As for the best workout for weight loss, calorie burn matters but you can't JUST focus on that, either.  

For the best kind of weight loss, focus on two or three days of high-intensity interval workouts coupled with a few days of building lean muscle mass. In the end, though, it's all about what you're going to keep doing in the long run. So, if you're like me, maybe you should just stick with experimenting and figuring out because, in the end, the best exercise to lose weight is the one you can actually stick with.

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