Workouts and Weight Loss
- You can't spot-reduce fat from a certain area, like your belly — you have to work all areas in order to see a difference in how your body looks.
- Exercise in the morning; research shows that morning exercisers burn more calories, possibly because that's when your body's energy is at its peak.
- Do 60-minute heart-pumping cardio workouts five times a week if your goal is to lose weight.
- Intervals are proven to reduce belly fat and rev up metabolism; instead of running at the same pace for the entire workout, alternate between periods of pushing your body to the max and periods of recovery.
- Muscle mass burns more calories than fat, so strength training is a must if you want to drop pounds. Include at least three 30-minute sessions each week, making sure to work every part of your body.
- Short on time? The average person burns 400 calories in 20 minutes when doing kettlebell exercises. Try these seven kettlebell moves.
- Find ways to fit fitness in during your workday to burn some extra calories. Climb the stairs to use the bathroom on a different floor of your office building, take a walk during conference calls, and instead of sitting on a chair, sit on a stability ball or use a standing desk.
- Can't fit in one regular workout? Break it up and squeeze in one of these 10-minute workouts three or four times a day.
- Just because you went for a run doesn't mean you can eat an ice cream sundae and fries afterward. Fuel yourself appropriately, whether it's with a 150-calorie snack or 400- to 500-calorie meal that's complete with veggies, fruit, protein, and whole grains.