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Target Heart Rate Targets Fat!

Trarget Heart Rates Target Fat

Trarget Heart Rates Target Fat

How many times have you walked into the gym and jumped straight on the treadmill, set it to some unknown setting and just started running.  Well first of all let me say that would be better than sitting in the sauna room.  If you are trying to break a sweat you are better off doing so by working hard.  Trust me! No fitness model has ever obtained their physique from sitting in some hot stuffy room for hours on end.  Get off your butt, start moving your body, and raise your heart rate.  If your goal is to improve cardiovascular fitness and or to shed a few pounds then you should be aiming for a target heart rate.  It does not make any sense to waste time in the gym.  If you have actually mustered up the energy and motivation to put in the work, then you should maximize your time. Don’t fall victim to unknown equipment settings or thoughtless workouts.  You should know your target heart rate.

 How do I find my target heart rate you ask? Read more

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Bored of Your Treadmill? Try This!

Liven up the Treadmill

If all you have been accustomed to do is hop on and run the usual 10-30min. This workout will make that treadmill fun and help you burn more calories.

  1. Start with a light 4 minute warm up jog.
  2. Speed the treadmill up to a challenging run pace for 1 minute. (be careful and know your limits)
  3. Slow the treadmill back down to a walking pace or stop it completely.
  4. Step off the treadmill and drop down and perform 5-15 pushups and 25-50 crunches. (Try not to spend more than one minute off the treadmill)
  5. Carefully step back on the treadmill and repeat steps 2-4 up to 10 times.
  6. End with a light 4 minute cool down jog.

 

This workout will allow you to get more out of your 30 minutes of cardio while engaging the upper body and core. It will be very challenging for most but will also liven up that treadmill.

Don’t forget to try different variations of this workout. The more fit you become the more challenging you can make it. Try jump squats, jumping jacks, shadow boxing, and lunges in between runs for core and leg engaging workouts. Don’t let the treadmill become a worthless coat rack!

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