With the hectic lifestyle we are living these days, there’s not always time to add more workout to you routine. You’re already going to the gym three days a week, or working out with Richard Simmons an hour a day, how can you possibly do more? I’m here to tell you how to get more out of the workout that you’re already doing.
How is this possible? I’ve got some great tips that will help you burn more calories and drop those pounds faster and push through plateaus.
Play some music:
A University studies found that listening to fast pumping music when working out can help you to increase your endurance by 15 percent and burn more calories. The application of music results in much higher endurance while the motivational qualities of the music have a significant impact and you feel more positive even when you are working out at a very high intensity. So pop in those headphone and turn it up!
You may have a routine at the gym, but what about the time between machines? Swing your arms, bounce while you’re standing there, do side steps, move around, don’t rest in between machines or routines, keep moving!
Drink cold water:
Drinking cold water before and during exercise can help improve your endurance. Cold water is absorbed faster by your body than water at room temperature. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that water and other drinks be chilled when used for exercise. Cold water passes through the stomach faster in turn get to the intestines faster for quicker absorption. You always want to rapidly replace the fluids lost due to sweating.
Break it up. Instead repeating the same workout sets 2 or 3 times, you should do one set of one type of exercise and then immediately move on the different set of different exercise type. This can result into more calories burnt after workout as your heart rate stays elevated longer after circuit training.
Get off the treadmill. Instead of spending time inside the gym, head outside for a walk or run. You don’t realize the muscles you’re using when you’re stopping for people and puddles, going up hill and downhill, stepping over and around obstacles and don’t forget the wind resistance. Being outside will not only will spice up your workout, but it will result in a faster weight loss. Researchers have found that you burn 10 percent more calories when you walk or run outdoors than when you do on a treadmill at the same speed. When you walk or run on natural ground your body has to use more energy to propel itself. Even better way to burn more calories is to walk or run uphill. This will surely burn more energy.
Swing arms while walking:
Going for a walk? Swinging your arms properly will give you a better aerobic workout and will help you burn up to 10 percent more calories. Studies have shown that swinging arms increases stability. It engages more muscles while walking. Bend your arms at the elbow at a 90-degree angle and swing them toward the center of your body.
Interval training can rapidly boost your calorie burn in an average workout. Instead of running at a steady pace for your entire workout, mix in short bouts of sprints. An Australian study found that people who did 20 minutes of interval training (8 seconds of high intensity exercises and 12 seconds of low intensity exercise) 3 times a week slimmed down faster than people who exercised longer at a steady pace.
As you can see, you don’t have to increase your time spent on your routine to burn more calories. All you need is a more focused effort and the above tips to achieve your weight loss goals and get over those plateaus. Try a few and see how it works for you.