With the holidays just around the corner, we all want to look our best while visiting friends and family. If you feel pressed for time during the festivities, it is extremely important to make the most out of every workout. Instead of taking time away from your busy schedule, try out some of these time-saving exercise tips on your next visit to the gym. You will see results in no time.
While working out alone, it is sometimes very easy to fall out of a routine of pushing yourself towards your goals. Try talking to a personal trainer about working with you to add intensity to your workout, or consider joining a group training class. Adding intensity will burn calories quicker, as well as speed up your metabolism. If you can’t make it to the gym, you can try an intense running routine, or even jumping jacks.
Boost your cardio by adding intervals. Short periods of speed will burn more calories than working out at a slow pace. Short intervals will also encourage specific genes that help to jumpstart the fat-burning mechanisms. The after-burn that happens after the intervals are put into effect will help to burn more calories even after you’re finished working out.
If you’re looking to quickly burn belly fat, try changing the pace on the treadmill every few minutes. Speeding up the pace for a short period of time will push you past your comfort zone, as well as gradually build your endurance. Make sure to lower your heart rate with minute-long recoveries (which involve a walking pace) in-between each interval. Always challenge yourself, so that you will be encouraged to continue this routine in the future.
Adding weight-lifting into your routine is not only for bulking up, but it is also the key to growing in strength, as well as getting toned. Try about four strength-training workouts each week, after spending about five minutes warming up with cardio. One great way to add strength-training to your workout is to try out different circuits.
One fantastic circuit option is to start with 15 reps of a narrow squat, paired with an overhead press. You will then move on to 10 planks with a reverse row. End this circuit with 12 reps of a side lunge. Other great muscle-toning circuits include plie squats with lateral arm raises, reverse lunges paired with bicep curls, and side plank push-ups.
If you are looking for an instructor to coach you along towards your fitness goals, Ralph Roberts is the personal trainer for you. He can create a custom workout routine just for you, and provide encouragement and guidance along the way. Try his training style out in a group training session!
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