Cardio is the foundation to any good weight-loss plan. Spice up your cardio workouts with these tricks to burn fat faster.
1) Warming up
You want to pump up your heart rate up gradually. Focus on large muscle groups like the hamstrings and quads. Try doing some stretches to get your muscles and ligaments prepared to be torched.
2) Timing Your Sprints
The idea is to get you out of breath in 30 seconds or less. For example If you’re on a treadmill or exercise bike, start sprinting as the machine speeds up. When it reaches its top speed, go all out balls to the walls for a good 30 seconds. Then slow it down and go nice and easy for another 90 seconds to recover.
3) Dont Speed Recovery
Your most calories burned happen when your body is forced to change from a state of rest to a state of forced activity. For example, even if you feel like giving it your all again after just 30 seconds of rest, you’re still better off waiting an extra minute and then pushing yourself even harder.
4) Focus On Going Beast Mode!
The overall intensity of the intervals you complete is more important than how many you do in any given workout. Research shows you can achieve more progress in a mere 15 minutes of interval training than a person jogging on the treadmill for an hour. According to a 2011 study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, just 2 weeks of high-intensity intervals improves your aerobic capacity as much as 6 to 8 weeks of endurance training.