Are you getting bored with your workouts? Looking for ways to Rev things up and burn more calories? Here are some easy ways to does just that.
1. Instead of resting in between sets, why not jog in place or do jumping jacks or hop side to side. These little bursts of minute long cardio, are a great way to get your heart rate up, turning your weight work out in to a circuit training higher intensity one.
2. Use a BOSU. What is BOSU? A BOSU Balance Trainer, or BOSU ball as it is often called, is a fitness training device, invented in 1999 by David Weck, consisting of an in0lated rubber hemisphere attached to a rigid platform. The name is an acronym which stands for "BOthSidesUp" a reference to the two ways a BOSU ball can be positioned. The device is often used for balance training.
3. Another idea is to do combo exercises. By using several muscles at once you get your workout done quicker while burning more calories. For instance, instead of sitting on a bench and doing a dumbbell shoulder press why not do a squat to a shoulder press. Now you are working your legs, shoulders and core! You can also incorporate balance apparatus...i.e BOSU for an even greater challenge.
4. Work out at work. Do you work at a desk all day? Try searching for small exercises or stretches that you can do at your desk. There are even several types of BOSU ball chairs that will strengthen your core and help improve posture while you work.
Using these small tips can make a big difference in seeing more dramatic results in the improvement of your physical fitness. Do you have some tips that you use and would like to share? Chime in, we want to hear from you!
Article written by personal trainer Lynn Vita.
Lynn Pesce Vita is a health and fitness industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience. She holds certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, International Youth Conditioning Association, Mad Dogg Athletics and Zumba in personal training, group exercise, youth fitness and nutrition.
Lynn was a competitive triathlete racing in both Olympic and sprint distances. As part of The Leukemia Society's Team in Training, she completed the Alaska Marathon and the Lake Tahoe Century. This year she will be participating in her first NYC Marathon as part of TeamUp for Autism Speaks.