Did all of the late nights of studying and partying catch up to your waist line these last couple of semesters? If so, no worries…
While gym sessions or a few laps around your high school track can be useful, you want to make sure you get a full body workout. Make sure each and every session counts by following these 5 simple but effective tips to ensure you get the most out of your workout.
#1: Strength Training…
Before you dive into a cardio session, begin with 10-20 minutes of strength training. By incorporating planks, sit-ups, Russian twists, lunges, squats and push-ups, you’re stretching and working out your core, upper and lower body muscles before you hit your main cardiovascular session. Some people prefer to focus on upper body training separately from their lower body training by switching between the two every other day. You can test out what works best for you so long as you add this to your pre and post cardio work out session. It will help to improve your body tone and sculpt your body more quickly.
#2: Cardiovascular Workouts…
Depending on whether you want to loose weight or maintain it, you should plan on aiming for a 30-45 minute cardio workout 3 days a week. If you like the 3 days but still aren’t seeing results, try bumping it up to 5 days a week. The more often you work out, the more calories you burn off. Regular exercise will also increase your metabolism rate a.k.a. what you put into your body will get burned off more quickly.
#3: Cut Out The Carbs…
Soda and carbs are the two items you should immediately cut out of your diet if you are looking to trim your waistline and loose weight quickly. If carbs are an essential part of your diet, try decreasing your intake and eating your daily carb intake prior to 3:00pm every day. You generally burn the most calories from 8:00am-3:00pm. Another option is portion control. Whatever you dish onto your plate, try eating half of it instead of your regular intake. Reducing the quantity of how much you eat will also help you loose the added pounds you may have put on during your all nighters.
#4: Set A Goal…
Depending on what you want to work on for yourself is crucial to maintaining a healthy workout regime. Not only that, it will instill some sort of urgency by giving you a plan to follow. Just make sure when you set a plan, your goal is realistic. Sometimes people get demotivated because they set unrealistic expectations.
#5: Track Your Success…
Taking weekly selfies of your success is a great way to track your success and keep your motivation up. If weigh loss selfies isn’t something you prefer to do, a simple mirror check will suffice. You know your body better than anyone else. When you start noticing results, be sure to celebrate your win.
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