For most people, finding just 30 minutes to spend working out can be a challenge to fit into their busy schedule.
This difficulty is evidenced in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s statistic that 46.9% of adults 18 and older meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for aerobic activity. And the number is even lower for those who met the muscle-strengthening physical activity guidelines at just 24.0%.
But working out doesn’t have to be such a huge time commitment. These five tips will help you maximize your time spent in the gym so that you can burn more fat in less time.
Ramp Up Your Intensity
Instead of plodding on at the same steady pace, crank it up a notch so that you are breathing heavily and starting to sweat. By boosting the intensity of your workout, you not only burn more calories while you are exercising, but you can hugely increase your calories for as long as 7 hours after you leave the gym.
You can read more about how changing the intensity of your workout can give you the same results even though you are working out less in this article.
Increase Your Reps, Not Your Sets
When you are lifting weights, focus on repeating each movement to where you can’t do another rather than increasing your sets.
By resting between each set, you’re not only wasting time, but you could be cutting your muscles short by not allowing them to perform to their maximum.
More reps will help tell your body that its current muscle tissue is not sufficient and that it needs to build more.
Keep Your Metabolism Working
One of the best ways to make sure that your metabolism is burning as many calories as possible is to invest in a fat-burning supplement.
The best supplements use natural ingredients to elevate your basal metabolic rate and help you burn calories even while your body is at rest.
However, it is always good to research each fat burner before you invest time and money; you can read more weight loss pills information here.
Focus on Whole-Body Workouts
Rather than standing in one place and spending 10 minutes focusing on bicep curls, make the most out of your time by adding leg lunges with each bicep curl.
By constantly incorporating at least the large muscles in your upper and lower body while you are doing a workout, you will not only work both those muscle groups at the same time, but you will also work smaller, stabilizing muscles in your core and elsewhere.
Enjoy Your Cardio
If you don’t like running, don’t do it. Too many people feel like they have to stick out their morning jog just because running is the most accessible form of working out.
But if you aren’t enjoying your workout, you will most likely not feel motivated to push yourself and are therefore less likely to burn your maximum amount of calories.
Instead, find a form of cardio that you genuinely enjoy, and you will find that it is much easier to burn excess fat quickly.