Swimsuit season’s just around the corner. Get out of your workout rut and shape up for summer by incorporating these tips into your fitness routine.
Lift Heavier Weights
If you’re using the same weights every time you work out, you can’t reasonably expect to see results as the body quickly adapts to stresses placed on it. You’ll have to change what you’re doing in order to produce change in your body. This often means trying different exercises or types of equipment, but it also means challenging your muscles with much heavier weights than what you have been using.
Building lots of muscle mass, enough to appear larger in size, generally requires high volumes of lifting on individual muscle groups, a strictly regimented diet, and testosterone–something not found in large quantities in most women. But building a little muscle mass is a good thing. You’ll appear leaner, firmer, and more toned-not bigger-and add sexy definition.
Besides, adding a few pounds of muscle will give a slight bump to your metabolism: more calories burned per day, even when you’re resting. This will allow you to better maintain your weight loss over time.
Add Interval Training to Your Cardio Routine
A common practice is to gravitate toward a single type of cardio equipment, press start, and begin exercising for at least 45 minutes at a preselected level of intensity. By doing this every time you work out, your body will get used to it, fast.
As a result, your weight loss might slow or stop altogether. In addition to that, such a type of workout doesn’t encourage to increase the intensity as it becomes less challenging.
Try alternating 30 seconds of work with 90 seconds of recovery for 20 minutes. Include a lower intensity warm-up/cool-down for 5 minutes each, and you have completed a 30-minute workout that will be shocking your body into burning more calories than it would do through a longer, lower intensity routine.
Do Cardio and Weights Every Time You Work out
Also, you can more effectively balance your calories through your diet than you can with cardio. Ask yourself which is easier-eating a few hundred fewer calories per day or slaving away on the elliptical for an hour?
Aim for at least three days a week of exercise, with each workout consisting of a warm-up, 30 minutes of strength training, and up to 30 minutes of high-intensity interval training. Not only will you be in and out of the gym in an hour, but you’ll jumpstart your weight-loss results just in time for beach season.
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