If you are heading to the gym on a regular basis and getting a good workout, then you are already miles ahead of those who live a sedentary lifestyle. But if getting in great shape and losing weight is your primary objective, you may not be getting the best bang for your workout buck. These five tips will help turn your workouts into a better weight-loss plan.
- Do enough.
No matter what the ads tell you, you can’t get in shape, much less lose weight in 15 minutes a day. You need to get into the habit of working out for at least 45 minutes three or four days a week. This will not only burn enough calories to help in your weight loss plan, but will help keep your metabolism up for the rest of the week, burning calories during your normal day to day activities.
- Don’t overdo it.
Yes, you need to do enough exercise, but too much isn’t going to help. First, unless you are training for some serious competition, the extra trips to the gym isn’t going to get you enough extra gains to justify the time. Second, your body needs the time between workouts to heal the muscles and build defenses against further damage. It is this healing process where the growth and benefits come from, allowing you to do more and harder as you progress. Finally, doing too much is the absolute best way to get injured and an injury is the best way to lose all the fitness you have gained. Slow and steady wins the race.
- Cardio alone isn’t enough.
You would think extra time on the elliptical or treadmill would shed those extra pounds, and in the beginning it worked. Once your body reaches a plateau in strength and you gain some cardio-vascular fitness, you won’t see the pounds dropping like you did in the beginning. After a while, the extra cardio isn’t going to burn the fat, it’s just goin