The Computer Butt Challenge continues. Remember that Friday is 100 Squat Day. So, get on it. 🙂 Click here for the video if you'd like to do the squats with Scott: 100 Squat Challenge.
I've got a treat for you today. Angie's created a video and written a guest post about how she recommends that busy people burn fat faster and more efficiently.
How I Burn More Fat in Less Time (and How You Can, too)
by Angie Tousignant
I am flabbergasted by how many people comment on my bicep muscles when I’m wearing a sleeveless shirt. I get both men and women saying things such as: “Look at them pipes, don’t mess with her.” It’s hilarious because I don’t notice it, unless I’m picking up something heavy or someone takes my picture and I flex the muscle.
I then get asked, “What kind of a routine do I follow? Do I lift really heavy weights?” I love sharing my story because I really don’t do anything ‘bizarre’ to get a shapely body. I guess what I have learned over the years of working towards a healthier me is that muscle rules. I’ve learned how to spend my time wisely. I’ve learned that our body adapts very quickly and that ‘routine’ is great for my children, but not so great when it comes to working out. I will elaborate on that. I’ve learned that HEAVY weights are awesome and WILL NOT make me look like the female version of Arnold Schwarzenegger…unless I really got into doing some extremely funky diet changes, which does not interest me. I’ve learned and now I want to share.
First of all, when I say that muscle rules what I mean is that when you lift weights you are doing a few things.
- You are making your bones a ton stronger.
- You are changing the physiology of your body in amazing ways.
- When you gain muscle in your body, you will naturally burn more fat throughout the day without even trying!
- Your metabolism will speed up and burn more calories all day long!
- Muscle adds a beautiful shape to your body.
I do lift heavy weighs, yet I do not appear bulky. My skin is simply more taut, firm, and shapely.
Secondly, our bodies are very adaptable. Therefore, to keep improving your health, you must change up your routine. If you are always doing the same thing everyday, not only are you more susceptible to injury, your fitness level will simply level out.
Okay, so if you are not doing any kind of weight routine you really need to. You need to spend your time more wisely. If you tend to only do 30 minutes of cardio everytime you workout, a much better investment of your time would be to do 30 minutes of weights. If you are usually strapped for time, as most people are, why not get the most ‘bang for your buck?’ The answer is to choose the weights.
Always choose the weights because you will gain muscle, which in turn will burn you more calories! It’s a WIN WIN situation!
I have just created a ‘Sizzlin’ Circuit’ routine that I LOVE because it incorporates both weight bearing exercises and cardio. I love to do a circuit routine because it’s FUN, there is a TON of VARIETY, it takes little time, and I know that I am gaining muscle. I know how important the role that muscle plays in sculpting a lean, and sexy figure.
I also incorporate ‘compound’ exercises into my program. This is when you do an exercise that uses more that one muscle. Therefore, you are burning even more calories! Of course, I also incorporate cardio into my overall health and fitness. I love to ride my bike for 30-40 minutes a couple times/week. I also love to walk.
In closing, I hope that I get my message across to embrace the weights, embrace variety, and embrace adding a ton of fun to your workouts. A circuit routine will do just that.
Here' s Angie's workout that I'm doing this month (which incorporates a variety of exercises).
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