5 ways to make your workout work for you
I swore to myself that I’d never make another ‘this-year-I-swear-I’ll-go-to-the-gym-at-least-three-times-a-week’ New Year’s resolution. Then I came back from Thailand after consuming at least 17 tonnes of pad Thai and three gallons of coconut shakes, and suddenly I’m singing a different tune.
And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in my get-fit-quick ambitions, right? So, to help you (and, yes, me) achieve your fitness goals, here are a few things you can do to make your workouts just that little bit more effective:
- Exercise in the morning. Working out first thing in the morning will give your metabolism a bit of a kick-start for the day. Plus, it’ll make you feel healthier so you’ll be less likely to indulge in junk food during the day. (And who ever feels like going to gym at the end of the day anyway?!).
- Don’t stop before you’ve hit the 40-minute mark. It takes about 35 minutes to burn off the sugar in your system before your body even starts working off fat, so get yourself an inspirational playlist to get you through those minutes!
- Move your entire body. You’ll burn more calories when you’re working your upper and lower body at the same time, so why not give skipping a try?
- Change is good. If you stick to the same routine all the time, your body gets used to what it’s doing and your workout becomes less effective (and more boring!). Take a dance or zumba class, try a different cardio machine, go on a new walking route – just give yourself a bit of variety to keep your body on its…err…toes.
- Get your eyes off the TV. We know it’s a great distraction to watch Gossip Girl while you exercise, but did you know you actually don’t work out as intensely when you’re distracted? Which ultimately means you’re burning fewer calories, so concentrate to make it count!
How do you make your workout more effective?