Aren’t we all looking for ways to blast that ugly fat? I know I’m always on the lookout. I appreciate new tips and tricks that can help me get rid of it and then keep it off the hips, thighs and everywhere else that fat can stick to. has this short list so let’s see what they have to help.

How to burn calories at home

by Su Reid-St. John
From Health magazine

We all have days when there’s no time to get to the gym. So we wondered: Which close-to-home cardio activities blast fat fastest? Wonder no more.

Here are the top seven fat-and-calorie burners, from Los Angeles–based celeb trainer Ramona Braganza, who has helped shape the amazing bodies of stars like Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, and Anne Hathaway. Try any one of these, and you’ll boost your metabolism for up to a whole day afterward. One small workout, one giant payoff.

1. Inline Skating – Burns 425 calories in 30 minutes

Skating is numero uno on our list when it comes to blasting fat and calories. The big burn stems from the side-to-side movement of your thigh and butt muscles.

And your core gets involved in a big way to keep you balanced. What’s more, you get all these benefits without putting too much stress on your knees and other joints. Skate at a strong, steady pace. (Don’t forget your helmet, wrist guards, and knee and elbow pads.)

Boost the burn: Alternate one minute of hard skating with one minute of medium-paced strokes.

This is not an exercise for me. I do not skate and I never will skate. I do however, admire those who do use this for working out. They look like they are having a lot of fun and boy can the move down the road in no time flat!

healthy_steps2. Running

Burns 374 calories in 30 minutes

The typical runner’s shape is sleek and lean, and there’s a reason for that: The major running muscles—legs, butt, core—happen to be the biggest calorie-and-fat-burning muscles in your body. To get the most out of each stride, swing your arms close to your body, don’t lean forward, and keep your feet low to the ground. To lessen impact, land on the middle of your foot, then roll through to your toes.

Boost the burn: Alternate fast and slow intervals, or take to the hills.

I do like a good jog. I do this indoors. The last time I went outside to run, my shoe got caught on the raised sidewalk that I didn’t see and I’m still sporting a nice purple scar on my knee.

basic-jump-rope3. Jumping rope

Burns 340 calories in 30 minutes

You knew this workout had to be high on the list. After all, it’s one of pro boxers’ favorite ways to train. To get the most from each jump, use a rope with handles that reach to just under your armpits when you stand on the middle of it, and follow these top-form tips: Jump with your feet slightly apart and body upright, and keep your jumps low to the ground. Don’t have a rope? You’ll get the same benefits by doing the movements rope-free.

Boost the burn: Frequently switch up your speed (slow, fast) and style (jumping with one foot, then two feet), or jump rope while you jog.

I just picked up a jump rope at my local Big 5 Sporting Goods. Then I got a sinus infection so I had to put that exercise on hold. Now drippy and stuffed up nose is over, so I’m back to adding this exercise into my routine.

4. Hula hooping
Burns 300 calories in 30 minutes

Marisa Tomei and Beyoncé hoop to keep their bodies beautiful. To do it yourself, grab an adult-sized hoop (they’re larger and heavier than kids’ hoops, making them easier to spin); you’ll know you have the right size if it reaches your chest when you stand it up in front of you. Simply keep it going around your waist. To start, stand with one foot in front of the other and shift your weight back and forth (versus around in a circle). And don’t worry if you’re less than perfect at first; you’ll still knock off major calories, plus get better every time you spin.

Boost the burn: Check out our fun workout for hula how-tos and advanced moves.

I remember when I was a kid hula hooping for hours. I loved the sound of the “shoop shoop” the beads made as they went around.