3 Simple Changes to Increase Calorie Burn When Exercising
by Jenny Sugar·
- Wake up early: Moving workouts to early mornings offers cooler temps, but here's the big payoff: morning exercisers burn more calories. Research shows that people who exercise in the a.m. work harder and for longer periods of time, which may be because they are more alert, energetic, and do not feel as rushed as afternoon or evening exercisers. Getting into a regular morning routine also means you're more likely to stick with it, which will help you even more on your weight-loss journey.
- Get speedy: When it comes to cardio, running will help you lose more weight than walking since it burns more calores, but if you increase your speed just a little, then you'll burn even more. And don't stick to a consistent pace the entire workout. Adding sprinting intervals is an effective way to increase your calorie burn and has also been proven to reduce belly fat. Also be sure to swing those arms as you move, and you'll burn 15 percent more calories.
- Strength train during your day: Muscle burns more calories than fat does, so the more muscle mass you have, the better it is for weight loss. Don't just hit the weight room at the gym. Include strength training moves throughout your day, such as doing push-ups on the bathroom counter and doing two minutes of squats while you brush your teeth. You can also work your body by carrying a basket instead of pushing a cart, using the stairs whenever possible, and sitting on an exercise ball instead of a chair.