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If You Want to Lose Weight Faster - Throw Away Your Treadmill...

As you dive into the winter season, you may find yourself in a rut of doing the same old, same old when it comes to your fitness and wellness routine.

As you dive into the winter season, you may find yourself in a rut of doing the same old, same old when it comes to your fitness and wellness routine. And as the temperatures get cooler, climbing on the dreaded treadmill or elliptical machine may seem to be your only options for burning those inevitable extra holiday calories.

Effective cardio training, though, can include more than your traditional running, biking and swimming. By taking your workout up a notch with high intensity cardio variations, you can jump start your fitness routine so you look better, feel better and perform better throughout this winter season.

Ramp Up Your Cardio for Weight Loss and Maintenance

As the holidays approach and we are in the thick of pumpkin pies, turkey dinners and overscheduled calendars, the common fitness theme this time of year is fighting the bulge and finding time to squeeze in a workout. Although concentrating on eating in moderation is a key component to weight loss and maintenance, cardio exercises focused on interval training can help combat the belly bounce. Interval training focuses on intense bursts of exercise in your workout that not only jump start your heart rate, but burn body fat quicker as well.

The good news for your hectic schedule is that you don’t have to bang out hours on the treadmill to realize the best cardio results for your body. Industry research shows that shorter duration of high intensity exercise can be more beneficial than traditional endurance training.

Basic exercise science also supports that the harder you work, the more calories you burn every minute you exercise, while high intensity cardio sessions also speed your metabolism for hours following your workout session.

So, if weight loss/maintenance is your main goal this holiday season, ditch the treadmill and opt for a more fast and furious workout full of burpees, wind sprints and slam balls. Your belly will appreciate it and so will the number on the scale Jan. 1, 2012.

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Ed Kent October 31, 2011 at 02:58 PM
Excellent suggestions! My wife and I learned to always include resistance training as it seemed our metabolism increases more than just with the standard cardio workout.
Diane Stresing November 01, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Don't forget hiking! While we're blessed with tons of paved and level/improved trails, if you can, walking on uneven surfaces is especially beneficial for muscles and ligaments, improves balance, and challenges your brain a bit, too. (Full disclosure: I'm the author of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Cleveland) So... take a hike!
Ron Vojacek November 03, 2011 at 06:32 PM
Just add diversity, don't throw out the treadmill or elliptical.
JA November 10, 2011 at 12:03 AM
These guys rock....this is the best kept secret in Solon and it shouldnt be. I have been going to FT, Next to THE RUSTY BUCKET, for over a year...and I have seen tremendous changes physically and mentally. Its fun to see the weight come off and the muscles take over... Stop by any time and meet with the team. You will be impressed. I was...

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