BURN UP TO 350 CALORIES…in 45mins – Heart Smart Minute

Heart Smart Minute Fitness

Heart Smart Minute FitnessInterval training should be your main focus in your Heart Smart Minute fitness routine. Regardless of your fitness level, there is an interval circuit that’s right for you.  The key to the interval fitness training, is that it keeps your heart rate up for the duration.  The problem with just simple resistance training is that your heart rate is not at an elevated number.  The higher you get your heart rate (safely), the more calories you will burn.  You also can get a great workout in half the time.

Heart Smart Minute Fitness Tips: Sample Interval Routine that will have you burning up to 350 calories in just 45 minutes.

PICK UP THE PACE: Don’t walk like a turtle…walk like you have somewhere to be and not all day to get there.  Walk so you feel winded but can still carry on a small conversation.  Walking is an excellent way to do cardio, but it has to be done so your heart rate is elevated.  If you’re walking at a snail’s pace, that’s not cardio.  Try a 4 minute walking interval circuit, you should feel your heart going.

The POWER MINUTE: Power it up for 1 minute.  Depending on your fitness level pick one or all of the following: Jumping Jacks, Sprinting, Walking lunges, Modified Squats, Fast Walk. Pick something in your fitness level but that challenges you and go for one minute without breaking.  During the next circuit pick something else to keep your muscles guessing and improving.

ADD RESISTANCE: As you repeat the above exercises for your 45 minute interval, feel free to mix it up for your fitness level.  Keep your muscles on their toes but adding resistance to the mix.  Resistance bands are fantastic for all fitness levels and can be adjusted depending on the exercise and body part you’re using.  Free weights are another option if you’re more advanced.

No matter what you add to your Heart Smart Minute Fitness plan, just move your body. Remember it’s NOT about WEIGHT LOSS…it’s about LIFE GAIN! Get STRONG and HEALTHY a little more each day.

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5 Ways to Sneak in Exercise – Heart Smart Minute

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Heart Smart Minute FitnessWe all have busy schedules and unfortunately for the majority of the population, our daily fitness routine is at the bottom of the list. It’s the first thing that gets cut when something goes wrong in our lives. At the end of a long day, going home to workout is the last thing you want to do and reaching for the comfort food is more often than not, the first thing you want to do.

In a perfect world, your daily Heart Smart Minute fitness routine would be at the top of the list, but since this is all about realistic health and wellness, it’s often just the opposite. So what can be done when you just don’t feel like exercising? Here are 5 easy ways you can burn some calories without scheduling a workout into your day.

Heart Smart Minute Fitness Tips: 

WAKE UP to Jacks: Get out of bed and do 50 jumping jacks before hitting the shower, bright and early.  Jumping jacks are a full body cardiovascular exercise that will get your blood pumping and heart rate jumping.  Feeling a little ambitions….add 50 crunches and modified pushups to that routine and you can easily burn close to 100 calories in just a few minutes.

WALK the DOG (or YOURSELF): Dogs are a great source of exercise, because they have to be walked. Don’t just let your dog out in the yard, use them to burn some calories. Dogs can force you to discover new places, go to the park, walk through a different neighborhood. A fast 20 minute walk with your dog is both relaxing and a fantastic way to burn calories, especially at the end of a stressful day. Don’t have a dog? Take yourself for a walk, put on your iPod and spend some time unwinding from a long day.

USE a PEDOMETER: Spending an 8-10 hour day in the office is not great on your body. Wear a pedometer to track your steps during the day.  Walk over to co-workers instead of emailing or texting them. Take the stairs, not the elevator, and get outside during lunch for a quick walk around the block. If you want to burn calories, you’ll find a way to do it. Make 10,000 steps per day your minimum goal.

TURN OFF the TV: If you’re watching TV, you have time to exercise. Before turning on the TV at night make it your goal to burn 100 calories. It doesn’t take long and will keep your heart rate elevated while you’re watching your favorite show.

CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE: Ever notice how the more time you have on your hands the less you accomplish? Being busy forces you to have control over your time and schedule important things into your day. If your fitness plan is the first thing you’re cutting out your priorities are wrong and you’re goals are not important enough.  Don’t say you are serious about getting into shape and taking care of your body, words are meaningless, let your actions prove how important your fitness goals really are. A little each day adds up to a huge difference.  Schedule time to focus just on you, turn the phone off, turn the TV off and do something that will make your body strong! It’s NOT about WEIGHT LOSS…It’s about LIFE GAIN!

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