Quick and Easy Workouts That Guarantee Results
We all want to make the most of our workouts, right? Right! It just makes sense to choose exercises that will help you see your workout results better and faster. If exercise efficiency is your goal, then this is the blog post is for you. Check out these quick and easy workouts that guarantee results. You'll be well on your way to achieving your fitness goals and being the fittest you yet. Have you hit a weight-loss plateau? Then you'll want to try something new. Use one or more of these workouts to change it up and reclaim your fitness progress.
If you have a spring break beach trip or a summer vacation on the coast of somewhere beautiful planned in the upcoming months, now is the time to get a jumpstart on your health and fitness. Your future self will thank you. Here are five of the best ways to fit quick and easy workouts into your daily life with big, noticeable results.
1. Cardio Intervals
Adding cardio intervals into your workout amps up the calories burned by implementing short sprints in between slower recovery periods. Cardio intervals help you lose weight faster than steady-state cardio because you're adding in anaerobic conditioning to your workout.
Exactly what does anaerobic mean? It literally means training without oxygen. Anaerobic exercise is defined as short duration, high intensity exercise lasting anywhere from merely seconds up to around two minutes. After two minutes, the body’s aerobic system kicks in. The anaerobic effect happens in the body when you exert yourself at 84% of your max heart rate and above. Training at this level creates something called EPOC, or excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. In essence, EPOC is an after burn effect of calories burning at rest for up to 38 hours post exercise. You can read more about what anaerobics is and why to do it here.
So what kind of interval cardio workouts are we talking about here? Here are a few ideas.
2. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Speaking of interval training, it's not just for cardio. High Intensity Interval Training is effective for cardio, weight and circuit training. HIIT involves pushing yourself to the maximum and giving yourself short recovery periods that lead to fast fitness results. HIIT workouts blast fat while building muscle so they'e an A+ when it comes to efficient and effective exercise.
Looking for some good High Intensity Interval Training workouts? We got 'em!
3. Workout with Weights
Weight-training workouts aren't going anywhere. They are a surefire way to build muscle mass while also burning fat, even when you're no longer working those muscles out. Don't worry about bulking up, you have to work really hard and with really heavy weights to accumulate that much body mass. If you're incorporating weights into your regular workout routine, you'll see svelte, strong and streamlined results.
Need some easy weight workouts to get you started? Try these.
4. Yoga, Pilates or Barre Workout
Sometimes you just need to do something different. A new exercise to throw your muscles off course and onto calorie burning bliss. Keep your workout fresh by adding in elements of yoga, pilates or a barre workout. You'll be amazed at how your balance, flexibility and strength improve, not to mention the toning and strengthening of your core, legs, arms, back and shoulders. Did we mention that they are stress-relieving and mood-boosting? They are!
Don't be intimidated because something is new, different or unfamiliar to you in the workout world. Instead, embrace the challenge and push the levels of your comfort zone. You'll be oh so glad you did.
Want to try some of these workouts at home before you commit to a class? Here you go.
5. Walk, Run, Bike or Swim
Let's not overlook the classic exercises that get you fit, let you have fun, and accommodate all age and skill levels. Walking, running, biking and swimming are four excellent and effective exercises to get you fit fast. Add these to your weekly workout routine, and you're sure to be in tip-top shape and have a good time while doing it. The best part about all of these exercises is their adaptability. You can do them indoors our outdoors, at home or at the gym, during your vacation days or during your usual every day.
Partner up with a friend or get the whole family involved in any and all of these superstar exercises and start seeing a healthier and happier you. These exercises are great ways to spend quality time with the ones you love while getting in shape together. Double the benefits!
You don't really need a workout plan for these, you just the willingness, discipline and consistency to make them a part of your life. The more you move, the better off you'll be so walk it, run it, swim it or bike it. What are you waiting for? Just do it!
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Are any of these exercises a part of your workout routine? Which ones?