It’s cold outside and while some may argue that working out while shivering, others prefer to stay in doors. I know I do. Fortunately, your fitness regimen doesn’t have to suffer when you move your sweat sessions inside. In fact, research has shown that the amount of calories your burn can be increased with short bouts of anaerobic exercise (like sprints). This type of exercise is short and intense, and doesn’t rely on oxygen. The word anaerobic means without oxygen. Lifting heavy ways is another example of this.
Researchers have found that when women participate in resistance training at higher intensities (with heavier weights and shorter breaks), they burn more calories after the workout. Hours after hours in the gym is, of course, better than nothing but it can be a misuse of your time. To maximize your time in the gym and get better results, increase your exercise intensity. What better why to do that in the cold than on the treadmill.
Try the following drills below to turn your treadmill into a fat burning mad machine.
- Warm up with a slow jog for 5 minutes
- Increase the speed to YOUR max. Run at this speed for 1 minute.
- Immediately slow down to a jog (not walk) for 30 seconds.
- repeat numbers 2 and 3 six more times
Take a small break and repeat the workout again only this time increase the incline to between 3-6. Do the intervals with the incline about 6 times.
Let me know how you do!