Burn More Calories in Less Time
Minis are in! Shorter, harder workouts may actually be better for revving your metabolism than longer sessions. "You'll continue to burn calories at a higher rate long after you're done exercising." Here's how to maximize the minutes you think you don't have.
Split it up. Instead of a 40-minute slog, think of your daily cardio as four 10-minute sessions or two 20-minute workouts. You net the benefits no matter when you get it done..
Move before you make excuses. Bang out a routine right after you wake up. Set your alarm 20 minutes earlier than usual; not only will you not notice the missed sleep, but you'll also get an energy buzz from the exercise.
Push yourself. When your workout is short -- 20 minutes or less -- going all out is much more doable, and that's what will really make your cardio count.
The Plan: Got only 5 minutes?
Follow this do-anywhere Tabata routine. To make timing it a cinch, use the Tabata Pro app ($3, iTunes) or the pocket-size Gymboss ($20, gymboss.com) interval timer.
The Plan: Got 10 minutes?
Do this kick-butt stair workout. Compound moves that use your glutes -- the biggest muscle in your body -- burn more calories. Complete the circuit twice.
The Plan: Got 20 minutes?
This high-intensity walk-run session burns about 10 calories per minute.
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