A version of this article was published on Livestrong, featuring Joey Thurman.
“If you’re looking to get lean, it makes sense you’d want to focus on doing your favorite cardio exercises, but hitting the weight room is what’s ultimately going to help you burn more fat and build muscle.
That’s because the weight loss you see from doing cardio and endurance training doesn’t just come from fat; it also includes muscle tissue, according to a 2017 study in Advances in Nutrition. And you want to build and maintain muscle tissue because it not only looks good and does good for your body — it’s metabolically active. That means it increases your calorie burn even at rest.
Leg exercises are great for burning calories but don’t forget about your upper body. Feet-elevated push-ups work well for getting lean because they add another level of intensity to the classic push-up exercise.
By elevating your feet, you put even more strain on your chest, shoulders, and triceps, says certified personal trainer Joey Thurman, CPT. Plus, feet-elevated push-ups can be done in the comfort of your home, like on a couch, box, or bench.”