How to Workout Harder and Burn More Calories in Less Time

When it comes to working out, most of us are interested in 2 things: sculpting muscle and burning fat. Sometimes, we get into a pattern of thinking that says we have to workout really long and hard in order to achieve either or both of these goals. With the busy lives that we lead, that can be just a little bit discouraging. Luckily, there are legitimate ways to get the most of your workout in less time. Check out these tips for burning more calories in less time, so you can build your dream body without sacrificing your busy life.

Add Weights

Weights are such a good way to add intensity. In fact, if you really want to change your body, then weights are more effective than cardio. If you need to get a tougher workout in less time, just add weights. Heavy weights or light handheld weights...it doesn’t matter. Use something that is challenging for you, and find ways to add them to your routine. You’ll be shocked at what a big difference it makes!

High Intensity Interval Training

This kind of exercise has been all the rage for the last few years. This consists of a set time of a hardcore workout, followed by a short rest period. You do this for a few sets, and by the end you will most definitely feel the burn. This is thought to be one of the best ways to get an effective workout that burns calories, tightens muscles, and exhausts the body, all in a short amount of time.

Add Intensity

When you say “add intensity” most people think of weights. Luckily, however, there are lots of ways to add intensity. The choices available to you will change based on the workout that you are doing. It might be to add an incline like stairs or a hill. It could be to add resistance like bands or even water. Even upping your speed for part of your workout can give it a little more intensity and burn a few extra calories per workout.

It might seem like you have to work out for hours on end to achieve your fitness goals, but that is not the case. It’s not necessarily about the quantity of time spent, but way more about the quality of your workout. Use these tips to get more from your workout when you don’t have extra time to spare. Before you know it, you’ll have a great body and better health to enjoy for years to come.

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