Do You Even Lift?
If you’re looking for weight loss, work on your gains. Building lean muscle is the perfect way to burn fat. As mentioned earlier, you want to focus on pushing your limits without taking up too much time. Interval training is a great way to do that. If you’re not looking to grab some weights just yet, no worries. Push-ups, squats, and lunges are just a few exercises that use your own body weight as a means of strength training.
You Need To Push It
You can spend an hour going through the motions or you can hit your workout full force with short rest periods and be out of the gym in 20 minutes. Keep your workouts intensity-dependent rather than time focused. You can’t expect to reach afterburn and get that full 24-48 hour metabolism acceleration if you don’t go hard.
Every day is not the go-hard-in-the-gym day. Your rest period is more important than the workouts you push through. Allow your afterburn to handle fat burning for you while your body readies itself for the next day’s power-pumping workout. Your rest day is not the day where you sit on the couch with your Cheetos. If you’re not in the mood for a brisk walk, that is understandable; however, take the time to stretch out your muscles. Invest in a foam roller or muscle roller stick for your off days and your muscles will thank you. As much as you push yourself, you need to love yourself. If not, you will increase your stress levels. Stress raises cortisol, the hormone that increases belly fat. It would be counterproductive to allow your exercise to land you the wrong type of gains.