Turn Up Fat Burning With These 4 Exercises
Tired of spending what seems like forever each week on the cardio equipment trying to lose weight?
If you’re on a fat burning mission, you’ve likely made friends with the treadmill, bike, and elliptical.
And while this is great, is it really necessary? The answer is no. You really don’t need to spend so much time on the cardio equipment unless you really want to.
The secret is finding smart ways to get your heart rate up and your body moving that don’t involve hours on end on those machines.
Fortunately, we have four wise suggestions. Each of these will turn your body fat burning on high – while getting you in and out of the gym in a hurry.
One great non-machine workout is skipping. With 10 minutes of skipping, you can burn just as many calories as you would doing 10 minutes of running, if not more.
And, you’ll also do a very good job at working both your upper as well as your lower body, seeing optimal results.
Skipping is great for those who are looking to increase their fast twitch muscle fibers as well as this exercise variety will rely heavily on those.
Weight Circuit Training
Moving along, another great way to boost your fat burning is to perform a weight training circuit workout.
This involves performing four or more exercises back to back with little to no rest in between.
The trick to making this a maximal calorie burner is to make sure that you are still lifting a relatively heavy amount of weight.
That is what will challenge you to the limit, while helping ensure that you are going to burn more calories after the workout is over.
Focus on using compound exercises as you make up this circuit and keep those rest periods to around 15-20 seconds.
Move through all four to eight exercises (however many you choose) and then stop to rest for a minute or two before repeating again two to three more times.
The next workout you don’t want to forget about is swimming.
Swimming is an excellent calorie burner and one of the best activities you can do on a warm summer’s day. Or, consider hitting a local pool if it’s the winter months.
Swimming is a great form of cardio because here again, it works both your upper and lower body at once.
That is something that other activities like running or cycling can’t say.
Plus, as swimming is a very low-impact activity, it’s great for those who may be suffering from knee or back pain.
Finally, the last cardio variety to consider as you get your program in place is beach volleyball.
Volleyball itself can be a great form of workout, but by taking it to the beach, you’ll make all the muscles in the lower body as well the core work harder to keep you balanced on top of your feet.
An hour of beach volleyball, provided you are giving good effort, can burn just about the same amount of calories that you’d burn on any piece of cardio equipment.
Plus, the group atmosphere of the game will help increase your enjoyment of the workout, making it feel less like you’re ‘exercising’.
So keep these workout variations in mind next time you feel like if you have to head to the gym for yet another cardio workout on one of the machines, you might just scream.
Remember that nothing says you have to do conventional workouts to see great results.
Sometimes the best workouts are the ones that take place outside the gym.