Burn More Calories Following These Tips
I like to read a lot of articles about fitness. I find studies interesting and with the internet today, you can find many talking about how to burn more calories without doing extra cardio. Like everyone, I like to eat. The problem is when you get older, eating more is not good – the old “goes straight to my gut” thing. While I eat healthy the majority of the time, if you’ve read my blog for any period of time you know I am not willing to cut everything I love out of my life no matter how “bad” it is for me. I sneak in the occasional doughnut, bowl of ice cream, cold beer to name a few of my unhealthy favorites. There’s one other thing I do on a daily basis that lets me get away with these “treats”. I move my ass, daily by walking going to the gym 5 days a week, playing tennis 3-4 times a week. The truth if the matter is I enjoy doing all of these things so it’s not a big deal to me.
Throw the “I don’t have time” thoughts out of your mind now and read on to see how you can burn some extra calories without adding a lot of time and cardio to your daily routine.
The non-workout way to burn more calories without doing extra cardio
This is achieved by walking. Have an office job? Instead of playing on social media during breaks, get up and take a walk. Even better if you have stairs you can walk. When you pull into work in the morning, park as far from your building in the parking lot as possible. It will only take you an extra 5 minutes to walk to work. That’s 10 minutes round trip. If you drive to lunch every day, that’s another 10 minutes meaning you’ve added 20 minutes of walk time to your day!
Finish Your Workouts Strong
Focus on using a variety of techniques to finish off your last set of an exercise. Doing a form of HIIT Training on your last set can burn more calories without doing extra cardio without adding extra time to your workout. If your doing four sets of an exercise, the last set could look like any of the following-
1. Load up a weight you can lift perfectly 5 times.
2. After completing 5 reps set the weight down and rest 10 seconds
3. Lift the weight to failure (you’ll probably only get one or two reps
4. Rest 20 seconds. Lift to failure again.
5. Rest 30 seconds, lift to failure again. Move on to next exercise!
Perform Drop Sets – these are great if you have a partner. If you workout alone, only use drop sets on machines and cables. The time it takes you to drop weight off a bar and get back to lifting makes it a waste of time. A good drop set would be to lift the required amount of reps you are doing with good form. Immediately drop the weight down 20 percent and do as many reps as possible. Repeat this until pin is all the way to the bottom.
Do 50 – reps that is. Instead of doing the last set, make this your last set. Using a pretty light weight, I’d suggest 30-40% of your max weight and do 50 reps. Chances are pretty good you won’t be able to do 50. Whenever you come to complete failure, rest for 10 seconds then resume lifting. Do this until you reach your goal of 50. Never take more than a 10-second break, If you have to take more than two breaks to complete the 50 you are using too much weight.
That’s it! Do the above to burn more calories during your day and watch the fat come off your body while still enjoying a few treats now and again.