Creative Ways To Burn More Calories During Your Workout

by Jaime Brenkus

The math seems simple: the more calories we burn, the more weight we’ll lose. If we burn 3,500 calories per week, that’s one pound lost! To lose two pounds, we need to burn 7,000 extra calories. Some people choose to do this through dieting, but the best way to reach this goal is through a combination of diet and exercise. Here are several sneaky ways to burn more calories during your workouts.

1. Listen to music!

Listen-to-musicMake your high-energy playlists before you hit the gym to burn more calories. A Farleigh Dickinson University study found that women who walked to music lost twice as much weight as women who didn’t listen to anything. Music enhances a workout through dissociation. It makes you work harder without realizing it, and it makes the workout go by faster. Music takes exercise from just being exercise to being an experience.

2. Interval train!

Interval-trainOne of the most well-known ways to boost calorie burn is to do what is called “interval training.” You basically want to exercise with weights and then follow up with active rest or cardio movements. Not only will you burn more calories during your workout, but you’ll continue burning more calories for up to 24 hours after the fact.

3. Build muscle

Build-muscleA pound of muscle burns 50 calories a day while at rest, whereas a pound of fat would only burn 3 calories. Therefore, it stands to reason that you’ll burn more calories by converting more of your fat to muscle through strength-training / weight-lifting activities. You should be working out like this at least twice a week. More MUSCLE = Less FAT !

4. Drink caffeine

Drink-caffeineThe stimulant caffeine increases the amount of calories you burn while digesting your food. Older studies show that 250 milligrams of caffeine consumed with a meal will increase the calories burned while digesting by 10 percent. Similarly, people are able to increase their calorie-burn by 10 percent while exercising if they have a cup of coffee or tea before their workouts. Other studies have shown that consuming green tea with meals can boost 24-hour energy expenditure by 4.6 percent.

5. Power moves!

Power-movesThe types of exercises that burn the most calories are also the exercises that use the most muscle groups. Pairing upper and lower body moves – like in boot camp, aerobics, dancing, kick-boxing and power-lifting classes – will burn more calories than isolated exercises. Squats, lunges and jumps are great examples of powerful movements that condition the entire body and burn the greatest number of calories in the shortest amount of time.

Last updated: 09.03.2018
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Written byJaime Brenkus

Celebrity exercise guru and Evergreen Wellness® Fitness Coach Jaime Brenkus is an early innovator of exercise videos in the 90s, having created the highly successful “8-Minute” video series featuring the blockbuster-selling “8-Minute Abs” video. Jaime has helped millions of people get fit, having also developed other well-received health and wellness products, including the Perfect Portions control plate. Jaime is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Physiologist – a designation he has held for nearly two decades. By teaming up with Evergreen Wellness, Jaime brings his fitness expertise to older adults through easily performed workout videos, in-person events, live streams, seminars, classes, and endorsed wellness-related products. As an Evergreen Wellness Fitness Coach, his goal is to add more “boom” to baby boomers’ lives, inspiring them to look and feel better by leading happier, healthier lifestyles.

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Written by Jaime Brenkus

Celebrity exercise guru and Evergreen Wellness® Fitness Coach Jaime Brenkus is an early innovator of exercise videos in the 90s, having created the highly successful “8-Minute” video series featuring the blockbuster-selling “8-Minute Abs” video. Jaime has helped millions of people get fit, having also developed other well-received health and wellness products, including the Perfect Portions control plate. Jaime is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Physiologist – a designation he has held for nearly two decades. By teaming up with Evergreen Wellness, Jaime brings his fitness expertise to older adults through easily performed workout videos, in-person events, live streams, seminars, classes, and endorsed wellness-related products. As an Evergreen Wellness Fitness Coach, his goal is to add more “boom” to baby boomers’ lives, inspiring them to look and feel better by leading happier, healthier lifestyles.

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only and it is not meant to be relied on as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult your physician before starting any exercise or dietary program or taking any other action respecting your health. In case of a medical emergency, call 911.

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