Those of you that know me, know that I love to run! The runners high that I get from pushing my body to the rhythm of music and the amazing sense of accomplishment I feel when finishing a new distance or speed is one of my favorite feelings in the world. Running is wonderful for mental and cardiovascular health but unless you challenge yourself with interval runs, it really doesn’t do as much for losing weight as other types of exercises.
When it comes to weight loss you are much better off with these three full-body types of exercises.
1. Strength Training
A strength training program will rev up your muscles thereby burning more calories at rest and shocking your metabolism. Strength training is key for women in helping fight osteoporosis and managing weight. It also helps with all kinds of pain and is even known to improve mood and thinking skills. The key is to have a plan that is customized for you and meets your personal goals and needs.
2. High Intensity Training
HIT training not only burns fat but increases muscle perseverance. It increases HGH (Human Growth Hormone) the hormone that works to burn calories at rest by 450% by as much as 24 hours after your workout. The key is to use up as much as energy as you can in short bursts of time. These bursts of time can last anytime from 30 seconds to five minutes.
These workouts can be very challenging and you should definitely work at your own level. I don’t recommend completing more than two HIT workouts per week and taking at least one day to recover in between. An advantage of HIT training is that it can be completed anywhere as it requires no equipment!
3. Cardio and Strength Circuits
Another wonderful way to blow up your metabolism is through mixing up cardiovascular training along with strength training in a circuit format. You can use your body weight, free weights, or machines to complete the strength portion of the circuit. An example of this would be doing two minutes of jumping jacks followed by one minute of squats.
Running and long cardio is wonderful for your heart and I encourage everyone who loves it to continue doing it! But if you are wondering why you have been doing 45 minutes on the elliptical or treadmill without seeing any results now you know. Remember to consult a doctor if you have any type of heart condition before starting a new fitness program and to listen to your body.
The most important thing is to find a program you enjoy and will stick to because this is truly how you will see results. Have a positive attitude and feel good about yourself and proud of your achievements. Set goals yourself and make time to accomplish them. Know that there will be some setbacks but that consistency is key and you can do it!