The Best Exercises to Burn Fat and Build Muscle
Did you know that running for an hour on the treadmill may not be the most effective way to lose weight? Here we highlight some proven ways to tone up more efficiently.
High-intensity interval training
High-intensity interval training, also known as HIIT, is an exercise training method that alternates between intense bursts of extreme physical workouts and periods of rest. It is one of the most effective ways to lose weight as well as improve cardiovascular fitness.Compared with a long jog on the treadmill, a 20-minute intense workout actually burns more calories. As there no equipment is necessary, a HIIT workout is also incredibly convenient for those who are squeezed for time.
Here’s what an easy HIIT routine would look like.
Strength training can help to tone muscle and decrease the percentage of body fat. The idea that strength training will add bulk is actually untrue. In fact, strength training can help shape and tighten your body, and as you continue with strength training, your body’s fat percentage will decrease, resulting in a more toned body – regardless of which area of concern you have. Muscle is denser than fat – meaning it takes up far less volume than the same amount of fat. Thus, although you might notice changes in your weighing scale, it does not mean that you are “bulking up” just because of strength training. Instead, it is because your body composition is changing. For instance, if you’d like a natural butt lift, squats and deadlifts are effective to help build your muscles in that area. Work out your core to tighten your abdominals and do shoulder presses to tone your arms.
Ideally, you should be exercising at least twice a week. Remember to consult your doctor before starting any fitness program.
TIP: The weighing scale doesn’t always tell you all the information about your body’s health, or whether or not your percentage of body fat has decreased, among other things. Instead of being overly focused on how much you weigh on the weighing scale – take note on how you much more energetic and lighter you feel when you start exercising. Taking progress pictures once every two weeks can also be a highly useful boosting motivator as you see yourself shape up.
Want to up the efficiency of your workout? You can consider using a metabolism-boosting product like the No-Stop Slim Body Care Range on problem areas to prevent fat accumulation, or go for a few rounds of No-Stop Slim or Lipomassage to boost metabolism and prevent water retention.