I hear on a daily basis “I’m in the gym for 2 hours a day and I’m not losing any weight”, if this is how you feel, read on before you throw in the towel.
While even paced sessions on the treadmill, cross-trainer or equipment of your choice are keeping your heart healthy and great for boosting your mood, it might not be the wisest way to use your time when you are looking to shed those unwanted pounds.
The human body is an intelligent machine efficiently burning energy, it is also a master adapter and once it gets used to a routine it becomes more efficient so no longer has to work as hard at burning off that energy, resulting in you burning fewer calories and potentially leveling off your speed and endurance gains. When this happens you need to take yourself outside of your comfort zone in order to jump start your metabolism, burn fat, build lean muscle and improve your endurance.
High intensity exercise with periods of recovery keeps you feeling energized; keeping the body moving circulates more oxygen increasing mental alertness, burning more calories and attacking fat accumulation.
Try it, after your warm up, increase your speed to all-out effort (you should feel like a 9 on a scale of 1-10!) for 30 seconds to one minute depending on when you fatigue, then recover at a slower pace for 1 to 2 minutes, repeat this cycle up to 10 times to get the benefits of a 60 minute workout in 30 minutes.
Give it a go and let us know how you feel!