Burn Calories in Less Time
Blast more calories in less time with these workout routines that are easy to fit into busy schedules.
1. Add 10 minutes to your morning exercise routine.
While you may be religious about going to the gym after work, waking up 10 minutes earlier in the morning and taking a walk around the block (or, alternatively, simply dancing to your morning radio show for 10 minutes) will let you start off your day with a faster-burning metabolism. Plus, morning exercise will most likely allow you to head off to work in a better mood than usual.
Boost calories burned: 275 calories per week
2. Do interval training
When you alternate high-intensity cardio workout routines with moderate-intensity recovery periods, you boost your calorie burning and increase your fitness level. Interval training will help you break through plateaus.
Here's how: Warm up for 5 minutes, then increase speed or resistance on the machine for 2-5 minutes. Return to your usual pace for 5 minutes, then continue with short bursts interspersed with a moderate pace for the rest of your fitness workouts. Cool down for 5 minutes at a slower pace.
When you're ready to progress, make the work part of the interval longer and decrease the recovery time (but never to less than 30 seconds). For example, you could do 6 minutes at a higher speed and rest for 3 minutes.
Boost calories burned: 300-450 calories per 45 minutes
3. Do workout routines with a faster partner
Whether it's in the gym or on the neighborhood track, a fit buddy will challenge you to keep up and exercise at a higher intensity. It's the friendliest way to kick your own butt! Plus, fitness workouts go faster accompanied by good conversation.
Boost calories burned: Simply increasing your walk from 3 mph to 4 mph will burn almost 100 extra calories in 60 minutes.