Weight gain can creep up on you over time-especially during holiday season. One minute you are boasting 8 percent body fat and the next you are loosening your belt a notch or two! Don't lose your head. Here are 5 effective ways to drop those extra pounds and get you back on track in no time!
The worst thing you can do is panic when you realize that the scales are not tipping in your favor. Frequently, you will be inclined to take extreme measures to drop weight. Some will fast from food and drink for extended periods. Others will go to the gym and perform excessive cardio or extreme workouts. All of these tactics can lead to injury. It is best to take a calculated approach to weight loss. Set a realistic goal and devise a plan to accomplish it. Keep a level head.
Complex HIIT Training
High-intensity interval training, or HITT, is one of the most effective ways to burn calories and get shredded fast! This workout incorporates strength training as well as active rest periods. During active rest, chooses exercises like push-ups or mountain climbers. Try this 5-move circuit to jumpstart the burn!
Sprinting uphill might be the obvious choice here. In the case of inclement weather, you can take the workout inside to the treadmill. Start with a basic warm up and gradually increase the incline and speed. Try to sustain each sprint for one minute with short rest breaks. For an added challenge, turn the treadmill off and run. Watch this video for hill workouts, which incorporate burpees, horizontal jumping, ladder drills and added resistance which ensure maximum results.
Push/Pull Sled Workouts
This full-body workout incorporates cardio and strength circuits for calorie burning long after the workout ends. You will pull the sled from a seated and standing position, push the sled, and run suicides in-between to get your heart rate up. Aim for short rest breaks.
Boost Your Metabolism Naturally
Start by cleaning up your diet! Reduce sugar intake while consuming more protein, healthy fats, and fiber at every meal. Then change your workouts to include more burst (or HIIT) circuits. And lastly, reduce stress to ensure more quality sleep. Doing these things will create the optimal environment in your body to re-charge your metabolism and drop those pounds!