Need 3 exercise routines that will boost your metabolism? Sure you do. Here they are.
HIIT (High Intense Interval Training)
You ever seen the body of a sprinter and wonder how can I get a physique like that? Well let me introduce you to High Intense Interval Training (HIIT). HIIT is an exercise strategy alternating periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods. For example, instead of the typical 30 minute jog, you perform intervals of about 10 to 30 seconds of fast-paced cardio (e.g., sprints, mountain climbers) followed by 20 seconds of slow to moderate-pace cardio (e.g. walking, jogging).
Basically, HIIT is a form intense form of cardiovascular exercise. The typical HIIT sessions may vary from 3 to 20 minutes. These brief, intense workouts provide a platform to improve your athletic ability, endurance, and metabolic rate to burn body fat. What is the best benefit about HIIT? They burn a similar amount of calories to 1 hour long distance cardio sessions that last twice as long! Need further prove why you should switch from walking /jogging on the treadmill to HIIT? Once you step off the treadmill from your steady-state cardio session, the calorie burn cease as well. With HIIT, you will continue to burn calories for 36 hours after you completed your training.
Time to take it back to your elementary P.E. school days! Like pushups, jump rope is one of those exercises that mostly everyone has done at some point in their life. Whether a beginner or advanced fitness trainee, jump rope is a great tool to use in order to increase your metabolism. Jump rope is a great cardiovascular exercise and can be utilize to perform HIIT. For example, you can do 4 to 5 intervals of jump rope fast as you can for 20 seconds followed by a rest period of 30 seconds. If that do not make you sweat, breathe hard and have a strong desire to drink an ocean, then you are not training intensely enough!
In addition, how many times have you plan on going to the gym or perform a morning walk but got stuck at home due to horrible weather conditions? Along with other home exercises such as pushups and body-weight squats, jump rope is a great alternative to perform a metabolism-boosting exercise routine from home.
Working Out in Cold Weather
As I write this, old-man winter is rearing his ugly head! Because it is cold outside does not mean you are forbidden from training outside, especially when your metabolism will respond favorably to those conditions. How so? Well due to the cold climate, your body will respond by producing heat to stay warm. (This is why you shiver when you are cold) Since this is happening, your body works harder to do any exercise you perform; therefore, your metabolism increases to keep up with those demands.
Want to hear other benefits that training in the cold elicits? Here are the additional benefits of cold-weather training:
- Improved endurance
- enhanced mood & immune efficiency
- extra calories burned vs. doing the same exercise in warmer weather
Since it is harder on your body to train in frigid conditions, be prepared to do fewer reps of pushups, squats and other exercises that you normally would do. While it feels better to train in warm weather, the cold is where you strike metabolism gold!