3 Tricks To Burn More Calories During Every Workout

Mar 29 2017 - 1:28pm

If you are interested in burning fat and improving your body composition, one thing that you need to be paying attention to is your daily workout calorie burn. The more calories you burn during each workout you complete, the faster the fat loss process will move along.

If you feel like your results have been slow at best, it may be time to look at what changes you can make to your workout program to boost the rate in which you burn calories and therefore, the rate in which you see progress.

Here are three quick tips to help you do just that. Implement these into your workout routine and you’ll be torching fat in minutes.

Speed Up

If you are doing a cardio session, adding intervals to the mix is the single best way to boost your overall calorie burn. Not only will this help you burn more calories while you are doing the workout session, but it’ll also help increase your resting metabolic rate so that you burn calories for hours after the workout session is over as well.

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Try speeding up for 30-60 seconds and then going back down to your normal pace. Do this 3-5 times per workout until you can move into a full blown interval training session.

Decrease Your Rest Times

Another fast and easy way to burn calories and save time during your workout session is to decrease the amount of rest you are taking between sets during your strength training routine.

This will force your body to work harder, thus creating a higher EPOC value from the workout session. EPOC stands for excess post-exercise oxygen consumption and basically refers to how hard you worked during the workout and how much recovery the body has to do once the workout is over. The higher the EPOC, the higher your post workout calorie burn will be.

When doing this, you’ll want to consider restructuring your workout program so that you alternate between upper and lower body exercises so that while one area of the body is working, the other area can be resting. This will make it easier to still put in maximum effort while keeping your rest times shorter.

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Aim for no more than 30 seconds of rest between sets and you’ll be seeing results in no time.

Focus On The Muscle Contraction

Finally, the last quick tip to burn more calories during every workout you do is to focus on the muscle contractions whenever you are doing your reps. Too many people simply go through the motions while they are in the gym and if you do this, the chances of you actually putting in maximum effort are slim.

When you actually think of each muscle contracting as you go about the rep however, this will force you to put in more effort overall. Plus, you’ll also hit the target muscles better, seeing superior results.

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Don’t let yourself be distracted when in the gym. Focus on the job you are there to do and as a result, you’ll burn more fat because of it.

So next time you’re hitting the gym for a workout, consider these tips. Apply one or all three and prepare to see your results skyrocket. Sometimes all that’s needed is a small change to get you back on track to seeing success.

 

Shannon Clark holds a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Alberta, where she specialised in Sports Performance and Psychology. In addition to her degree, she is an AFLCA certified personal trainer and has been working in the field for over 12 years now. She is a regular contributor to HealthyRecommendation.com, Bodybuilding.com and has also contributed well over 400 articles to a variety of different websites dedicated towards muscle building and athletic performance.