If you’re looking to lose 15 pounds, scheduling time just about every day for exercise is imperative. Follow these tips to get on your way to a slimmer you.
Tip One: Schedule In Workouts At Least Five Days a Week
Thirty minute workouts three times a week are not going to cut it if you’re serious about losing weight. You need to make a commitment to yourself to exercise at least five days a week if you expect real results in a short amount of time. It’s helpful to actually pencil your workouts into your calendar. Not only will you be able to track your progress, you’ll begin to make exercise a mandatory part of your daily routine.
Tip Two: High Intensity Interval Training Workouts
High Intensity Interval Training is a cardio workout where you vary your level of exertion every few minutes. For example, if you were on the treadmill you’d begin with an easy two minute warm up and then up your speed and incline to a level five or six for two or three minutes. From there, you’d bump your speed and incline up to the hardest level you could feasibly do for thirty seconds to a minute. After that, you’d repeat the level five or six for a few more minutes and bump it up to the highest level again. This is the most effective way to work out. The best part is that doing a HIIT workouts takes less time–you only have to hit the gym for 20 minutes instead of 30 or more because of the intensity.
Tip Three: Lift Heavy Weights
There’s a misconception that you need to do all cardio all of the time in order to lose weight. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. You need to lift weights or do some form of strength training if you’re serious about dropping pounds. Try to strength train two or three times a week. For the most effective results, lift the heaviest weights you possibly can and do reps to the point that your form begins to fail. The key is to work your muscles beyond muscle fatigue, or beyond the point where you can barely lift one more set.
Tip Four: Avoid Burnout with Easier Workouts
When you’re spending a significant amount of time exercising intensely each week, you could potentially become burnt out. Be sure to give yourself at least one or two days off each week to rest and take a break. If you ever have a day where you truly don’t feel like making it through a tough workout, take a walk instead. You’ll still be getting in some physical activity, but it won’t take as much effort.
For the best results, make sure you’re watching what you eat in addition to following these exercise tips. Losing weight is a two-fold process–you can’t do just one!