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Is Your Workout A Waste Of Time?

By Gina Clark

When you exercise, make the most out of your time. Follow these tips to make your workout more effective, to burn more calories, to lose more weight and to build even bigger muscles.

If you begin your exercise regimen with a purpose, knowing exactly what you want to work on and accomplish, you will have a more effective workout. This leads to faster weight loss and to better health.

Keep a journal of all of the exercises that you do, because you are more likely to workout consistently. You also are able to evaluate your progress and push yourself to do even more, and ensure that you vary your workouts. (If you do the same thing every day, your body will adapt and you will no longer make progress.)  

Do different exercises and work different parts of your body each day to get maximum results. When you do a cardio exercise, vary the intensity during your workout. For example, do one minute slowly and then one minute fast. In addition to keeping your body from adapting to your workout, this also prevents you from losing the muscle gained during weight lifting.

Weight lifting can have different purposes, to lose weight or to build muscle. If you want to lose weight, rest no more than 60 seconds between each set. This keeps your heart rate up, allowing you to burn more fat. If your purpose for lifting weights if to increase muscle size, rest 90-120 seconds between each set.  

To make the most out of your exercise regimen, buy workout clothes that you feel comfortable wearing. The clothes should allow you to move and to perform your workout correctly, and motivate you to continue working out.  

Also, pay attention to your diet. Research shows that those who eat slow-burning carbs burn more fat during the day and during workouts, which helps them to lose weight faster. Slow burning carbs include oatmeal, beans, whole grain pasta, bread and brown rice.  

Do not workout in vain. Follow these tips to have an effective workout, to build more muscles and to lose weight faster.  

About the Author

Gina Clark writes on nutrition and fitness. Visit her blog for healthy tips to improve the quality of your life.

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