If you are like most people, you probably don’t have a lot of extra time throughout your day. Between work, family time, and other activities, you probably barely have enough time to sleep let alone workout. The good thing is that you aren’t alone and that there are still ways that you can squeeze in an effective fat-burning workout without giving up your entire evening.
The first thing we need to discuss though is a common mistake that many people make when working out. You see, most people make the mistake of working out too slow, and as a result they never really test their body. Sure, you might tone up a bit, but unless you elevate your heart rate and start burning calories, you’ll never lose those last few pounds that you need to.
One of the best ways that you can get started doing this is by implementing a cross-training routine into your weekly schedule. To do this, you just do a minute of exercise and then switch to a brand new machine. If you are at home, you can use dumbbells or tension bands to get the same effect. In some circles, they call this technique “HIIT” training, which stands for high intensity interval training. Although the name sounds complicated, it really just means that you workout at a very high intensity level for short periods of time. You can take a short break in between exercises if you need to, but the best way to burn fat is to quickly transition from one exercise to the next.
If I’m in a time crunch, I like to use this strategy at home by mixing up pushups, pull-ups, crunches, squats, lunges, and sprints. Just these few exercises alone can help you tone up and burn fat in a hurry. If you’ve got more time on your hands, then consider using weights or machines to get an ever better effect. You can alternative between legs and upper body, or isolate muscle groups if you prefer. There really isn’t a specific way you have to organize your workouts as long as you make sure to hit each and every muscle group throughout the week.
Once you get into a routine, you will find that the pattern will help you build momentum until you get on fat burning and muscle toning roll. It might take a few weeks to start seeing results, but as long as you consistently give a high effort without resting then you will certainly notice a change for the better.
The key to burning fat is consistent effort at high intervals so that you keep your heart rate elevated for long periods of time. Don’t let your body settle back down…otherwise you are mitigating the effect of your HIIT training. Keep pushing yourself harder until you start to see the results that you want. With as little as 20 minutes per day, you can implement a workout that will help you create the body you’ve always been after.