I know, I know, I’ve been a total slacker when it comes to posting on this here website. And since people are now starting to call me on it (you know who you are) I suppose I should impart some sort of wisdom to the masses. So, here goes.
Wanna burn more calories both during and after your workout? Try High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.). It’s not as scary as it sounds:
- Pick a cardio workout (running, jumping rope, biking, elliptical, stairs, whatever)
- Go really hard for 30 seconds. You should be at a level 9 on an effort scale of 1 to 10. (You shouldn’t be able to talk by the end.) You can get to this level by increasing your speed, resistance, incline or all of the above.
- Rest for 90 seconds. Keep moving but catch your breath and let your heart rate go down.
- Repeat for 20 minutes.
That’s it! Not only does it burn more calories while you are doing the exercise but it also provides an afterburn (known in the “fitness business” as EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption). Try that 2-3 times per week, mix in some weight training, and you’ll be good to go!