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Your Weekend Workout..Tabata style!!!

Your Weekend Workout..Tabata style!!!jackie13

  • Perform the drill all out for 20 seconds then rest for 10 seconds.
  • You will have 2 exercises per drill. Repeat exercises 4 times for a 4 minute drill.
  • In Drill 1 you will perform Alternating Reverse Lunges for 20 seconds, rest for 10 then perform Mountain Climbers for 20 seconds and rest for 10.  Repeat the drill for a total of 4 times.
  • Rest 1 minute between drills then go on to the next drill.
  • There is a free app called Tabata Timer which you can use on your smart phone if you like.

 

Drill 1: Alternating Reverse Lunges & Mountain Climbers

Drill 2: Bicycle Crunches & Push-ups

Drill 3: Squats & Hold Plank

Drill 4: Jump Squats & Spiderman Push-ups

 

Nice job!!!! Woohoot!!!!!

Why Weight Lift?

crossfitWhy Weight Lift?

Lifting weights helps shed off pounds, but it keeps the weight off too. You burn calories during strength training, and your body continues to burn calories even after. More calories are used to make and maintain muscle than fat, and strength training can boost your metabolism by 15%.

Lifting weights can even can help strengthen your bones. By putting the stress on your bones, you build up the bone density, ultimately preventing osteoporosis and other related bone diseases.

Strength training is also called resistance training because it involves firming up and toning your muscles by contracting them against a resisting force. Your balance and coordination will improve, as will your posture. More significantly, if you have poor flexibility and balance, strength training can reduce your risk of falling by as much as 40%, a vital benefit, particularly as you get older.

Strength training will even elevate your level of endorphins which will make you feel great. It is also a great antidepressant and helps you sleep better.

My 4 Tips to Slim Down

1- Drink a gallon of water. water-bottle-537x402

Due to the stomach having to warm the water and the energy used to eliminate waste from the kidneys, metabolism increases temporary.

2- Eat fruits and vegetables such as asparagus, grapefruit, spinach, and broccoli;  they are high in fiber and are non- starchy; this will  increase your metabolism and sustain your energy throughout the morning. Asparagus and grapefruit are diuretics as they help flush out water from the body.

3- Limit sodium intake as too much sodium in your body causes it to hold onto water; putting more stress on your heart.

4- Hit the treadmill or elliptical for at least 30 minutes.

 

Eat a Balanced Breakfast to Jump Start Your Metabolism

 

d6ae4a3b99eb526615eeaef1a888171f_5pkqEat a Balanced Breakfast

Get your metabolism working!! Start with a good breakfast!

 Eating 5 ounces of lean protein such as egg whites stimulate the metabolic process.

Adding ½ grapefruit will aid in cleansing the body since it contains lots of fiber and water.

Adding ¾ cup veggies to your omelette such as asparagus, spinach and broccoli which are high in fiber and non-starchy, will also help to increase your metabolism and sustain your energy throughout the morning.

3 HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Workouts to Try

3 HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Workouts to Try

1-Stationary bike for a  5 minute warm up followed by 7-8 cycles of 30 second sprints then 60 secoexercisingnd moderate intensity cycling.

2- Sprint for 30 seconds, and then walk for 60 seconds.

3- 60 Seconds Sprint/Fast Jog, 120 Seconds Walk/Slow Jog

See how many rounds you can do.  Beginners start with 5 minutes.  Work up to 20-30 minutes.  You can do it!!

Do not begin any exercise program without consulting your physician.

Burn Fat in Less Time with High Intensity Interval Training!

Burn Fat in Less Time with High Intensity Interval Training!

sprintingHIIT, (High intensity interval training) is a form of cardio training that involves cycles of high intensity bursts and low to moderate intensity recovery. This cardio workout is said to burn fat not only faster but more efficiently than that of a low intensity cardio workout such as jogging or going for a long run. This is because the higher intensity allows the body to burn fat faster in total than at lower intensity routines, although the ratio of fat to glycogen ratio is lower. Additionally, there’s also an ‘after burn’ effect known as EPOC (excess-post exercise oxygen consumption). This increases your metabolism and burns more calories for up to 24 hours after interval training.

Try adding some sprints to your workout!

Burn Fat by Sprinting

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Burn Fat by Sprinting

 

Sprinting will help yosprinting2u burn fat and burn fat faster than a lower intensity workout such as jogging or going for a long run. Cardio fitness helps the ability of your heart to pump stronger and more efficiently and your muscles to use oxygen more efficiently. The pounding of weight-bearing activities like walking and running may cause more fat burning than a seated exercise like biking, or an activity like swimming where there is no pounding at all.

Weekend Work out – No equipment required

fb6.23Weekend Work out – No equipment required

Warm up for 5 minutes (exp. -walk, jog, march in place)

Squats 45 seconds, 15 second rest
Mountain Climbers 45 seconds, 15 second rest
Reverse lunges right leg 45 seconds, 15 second rest
Reverse lunges left leg 45 seconds, 15 second rest
Bicycle (abdominal) crunches- 45 seconds, 15 second rest
Pushups 45 seconds, 15 second rest

Repeat 4- 6 times

Stretch!   Great job!!

Do not begin any exercise program with out consulting your doctor

How much exercise must I do to lose weight?

 

How much exercise must I do to lose weight?

Exercising just three times per week can help you lose weight. Put aside 15- 20 minutes if you are just starting out.exercising Try to increase your workout to 45 to 60 minutes per workout. By exercising at low to moderate intensity you will burn less calories than high intensity such as sprinting. You can torch calories quicker by increasing your level of intensity. If you are just starting out take it slow. You will see progress if you are consistent.

Drink Green Tea to Fire Up Your Metabolism

Drink Green Tea to Fire Up Your MetabolismGreen tea

Along with being a powerful antioxidant,  green tea increases your metabolism thus aids in burning fat.

Other benefits are mood enhancement, helps prevent heart disease and cancer.

Drink 2-3 servings per day.