Introducing The World’s Most Powerful Fat-Burning Stretches
We’ve unashamedly plundered exercises from the world’s best fitness modalities designed to improve your mobility and flexibility. We hand-picked only the exercises that burned the most calories and torched the most fat.
Bodyweight-focused movements that deliver strength, dynamic flexibility and burn more calories than any other exercise combined. With natural movement patterns and gravity, calisthenics uses simple moves to build a foundation of strength and flexibility for the body. Calisthenics is almost a complete exercise in burning calories, switching up your metabolism, improving endurance and building muscle to, ultimately, burn even more calories.
As we’ve already mentioned, dynamic stretching can burn up to 3x the calories of static stretching. Dynamic moves are slow, controlled movements that stay within your range of motion, working to increase your reach and speed of movement. One review published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine across 31 studies found a warm-up using dynamic flexibility exercises also enhanced power and strength performance.
When it comes to creating movement to burn calories while enhancing flexibility, little can beat kickboxing’s explosive power and metabolic burn. One research study showed that five weeks of kickboxing training brought significant improvements in flexibility, speed, agility and upper body muscle power.
Mobility is different from flexibility. Having good mobility means being able to perform a movement without any restriction. Mobility exercises help improve flexibility and function at any age and that’s why this is an important component of a fat-burning, flexibility flow.
Fascia is the tight connective tissue surrounding every one of your muscles that holds them in place. But there’s a negative side to this. If your fascia is too tight it restricts muscle growth. Incorporating fascia stretching into your program releases tension, allows muscle to grow and cranks up your metabolism.
Don’t believe something as everyday as breathing can help you feel looser AND burn calories? Think again. For 1000s of years, ancient martial arts used breathing practices to lengthen muscles in the chest and core. Done properly, these simple but powerful moves flood your body and muscles with oxygen, stretch the chest cavity and fire up your metabolism. And all you have to do is breathe.
The Mayo Clinic defines Pilates as, “a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance.” Originally used by athletes to build core strength, Pilates has been revealed as an effective low-impact way to also reduce body fat mass.
While the ancient practice of yoga used to be more associated with chanting and meditation, through its stretching protocols more are catching onto its calorie-burning benefits. There are many styles of yoga from the gentle through to heart-pounding, leg-behind-your-head styles that leave you in a pool of sweat. But there are some which are perfect for a fat-burning, flexibility routine.
As you can see, these aren’t crazy-difficult stretches that no-one but fitness pros can do. These are simple, straightforward stretches you may have already heard of. And they work.
I want to reinforce this point to you: there is nothing complicated or special about the exercises themselves.
However, there is one stretch which is king of all others. And I’m going to reveal it to you now