All of us want to get in shape as fast as possible, and we want to tone our bodies before the summer heat hits. If you feel you're not making any progress it could be because you're not getting the full potential out of your workouts.
Here is an exercise plan with 7 tips to get the most from exercise and make your workouts work harder:
This is not to say that you should only workout one day a week, rather you should shorten your current workouts and make them more intense if you want to lose weight faster. An intense 30-40 minute workout is going to burn more calories than a medium-paced hour long workout.
Isolating muscle groups and working them individually is great for body builders, but if you’re just trying to get back in shape, you’ll need to work more than one muscle group at a time. Squats, push-ups, lunges and pull-ups work several muscle groups at the same time.
Instead of doing 3 sets of 10 push-ups, then 3 sets of lunges, try compounding your workout by switching back and forth between the two exercises without resting in between. That way you’ll be using your resting period to work muscles that you didn’t use in the previous exercises.
If you enjoy cardio workouts like running or swimming, make sure you crosstrain with other exercises in between. If you do the same exercises over and over, your body gets used to the stress and your workouts could be less effective, so switch it up with weights, cycling, and more.
As much as you can, lift weights while standing up. If you have to balance while you are lifting, you’ll be working your core at the same time.
Your body can’t build muscle if it doesn’t have the building blocks. Make sure you are giving your body the proper nutrients throughout the day to help it build strong muscles and bones.
Never underestimate the power of water. Drink before and after your workout and throughout the day. Staying hydrated will keep your body in tip-top shape and help you burn calories faster.
Please speak to a doctor or physiotherapist if you are at all worried about exercise. All material on this website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.