Do exercises that elevate your heart rate, make you sweat, make you breath fast!!! Even if you can't do much of it try to do at least a little, it's a much more effective way of burning calories...this way you'll burn AFTER you exercised too, and also your endurance will grow workout after workout!
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Pushing your heart rate on the treadmill doesn't have to mean changing speeds or inclines. A simple way to push your heart rate is to change the length of your stride. Taking very long, powerful strides that engage your glutes, while pumping your arms, can really get that heart pumping!!
Think of your heart as a muscle that needs regular exercise
The heart is a muscle, and by exercising regularly, it will become more efficient - "stronger". A fit heart can pump more blood in fewer strokes (beats). Your resting heart rate will decrease as you get into shape. Your average heart rate will also improve for a given activity, making it seem easier to perform.
Find YOUR symbolism! A good symbol goes a long way for motivation!
One day during a bike ride, I found a silly band on the ground (rubber band shaped liked a dinosaur). My kids love 'em! So now I put it on my handlebars & whenever I hit a tough hill & I feel like quittin', I look at that silly band & think "what if my kids were watchin?" BOOM - pump baby pump!!
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