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  1. Quick Ways to Get Your Heart Rate up!

    April 16, 2012 by Kristin

    We are all faced with the fact that there just aren’t enough hours in the day.  So when it comes to squeezing a workout in, you want to make the best of your time.  Here are a few suggestions about how to do just that…

    1. Jump Rope:  Holy cow!  Anyone ever try this before… of course you have.  I bet the last time was as a kid though.  Jumping rope is a great exercise to do in a short amount of time.  It gets your heart rate up fast.  If you don’t believe me, go ahead, try to jump rope for at least 2 minutes, see how you do.  You can alternate jumping rope with doing push-ups or crunches, super-setting your exercise!

    2. Lift heavier weights: No, you will not get bulky if you lift heavy weights.  You WILL build muscles, which in turn will help you to burn more calories, what a great thing! I have read articles that state that a woman can burn up to twice as many calories by lifting heavier weights.  The heavy free-weighst aren’t just for the boys anymore!  More over Mr. Muscles, the ladies are comin’ in!

    3. Multitask while working out: Reading a book while working out is NOT multitasking, you are probably wasting time.  Make your workout time count and pay attention to what you are doing.  Try balanci

    ng on a BOSU ball and do an over-head press, or bicep curl.  My standing on a BOSU ball, you are making yourself off balance, which causes your core to activate to help you stay balanced.  If you don’t know what a BOSU ball looks like, take a look to your right and there it is!

    4. Make your cardio more intense:  How, you may be asking… I will tell you.  Do intervals!  Sprint for 1 minute, then walk for 1-2 minutes, allowing yourself time to recover.  Repeat for about 20 minutes and you will be sweating in no time!



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