When you hit a plateau in your weight loss, try adding a few higher intensity bursts or intervals to your cardio workouts. This elevates your heart rate, makes you work harder and burns more calories to help shock your body and jump start your weight loss again!
During your normal cardio workout, exercise at your usual intensity level. A few times during your workout, bump it up for 10-60 seconds, by going faster, harder or against heavier resistance or incline. Then bring the intensity back down as long as you need to in order to recover and try again.
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Short bursts of exercise count! Start with 15, 30, or 1 min of jumping jacks 3-4 times a day. Once you can do one interval without dying, go to the next! Seems like child's play, but it's a great high intensity workout.
My gym offers a class based on just doing plyometrics; short/high intensity intervals of running, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, lounges...you name it. For 50 minutes our heart rate is HIGH. Though it is a TOUGH workout and sometimes hard to keep up, I feel really really good afterwards. Something different from a "typical" cardio workout that really kicks your butt. 198
I wasn't able to get my full workouts in because my daughter is special needs so I learned to work her into my workouts. Whether it is a Jillian DVD or hiking, I give her something to do to help me and then I am able to get a workout in - even if not as high an intensity, it is still activity!
The benefit is that I am finally able to work out daily without sacrificing family time or feeling overwhelmed because I can't get a good workout in!
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