Want to amp up your workout to speed up weight loss? Here’s how.
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Many regular gym goers have a weekly workout plan, where they assign each day to a different muscle group. This makes sure the body has sufficient time to recover, allowing you to have tougher workouts every week. But to make your time at the gym more efficient, you can sneak in a few sets of push-ups and planking on a legs day. Incorporating some weights into your jump squats can also keep your arms from being sedentary.
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Do the full range of motion
Without the right form and achieving the full range of motion, you’re not getting the most out of your workout. Try to bend lower, jump higher, and push harder to fully engage your muscles and maximise the results from your exercises. When you speed up your increase in muscle mass, it leads to higher fat metabolism.
Breaking out in a sweat is a good thing. It clears skin of impurities and is a sign of hard work during exercise. The next time you’re feeling a little warm, don’t peel off your layers. Studies have shown that when you exercise in the heat (e.g. hot yoga), it helps to burn more calories. This method is often used by athletes before a weigh in, which is not the often. Working out in excessive heat should be done sparingly as it puts your body under stress. If and when you do it, it is important to hydrate before, during and after the workout.
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Go for variety
Doing the same workout on repeat is a sure way for you to hit a plateau quickly. If you are a diehard yogi, try mixing things up with an HIIT workout once a week to build up your cardio fitness. And if you are an avid runner, hitting the pilates studio will help you work a different set of muscles. This keeps your body working harder and will maximise your fat burning efficiency.