In EXERCISE TIPS

If you decide to add in some workout booster exercises to your current routine, you must also ensure that you make the necessary dietary changes to your nutrition plan, so that you are supporting your new increased energy output. If you’re working hard in the gym without an added focus on your diet, you risk breaking down muscle tissue, getting dehydrated and feeling lethargic during the day.

Sprints

Running fast is a great way to improve your cardiovascular fitness level and your muscular strength. Just a few short bursts of fast running can surely increase the intensity level of your routine and get you sweating. Jump on the treadmill and aim to do 5 x 20-seconds of fast running in between each set of your current weight training routine. Sprint for 20 seconds, rest for 60 and repeat.

Burpees

This exercise is a great total body move. A burpee is a combination of a squat, step back, plank, push-up and jump-up at the end. This intense move can help to enhance your coordination and strengthen almost every muscle in the body at the same time. You can add burpees to the end of your workout or add them in-between weight sets. I like to perform burpees in a challenge format, where you do as many as you can before you start losing your form. However, if working to fatigue is too intense for your current level of fitness, consider adding 4 sets of 15 burpees with a short rest in between each set. Squat down, place both hands on the floor and jump both feet back into plank position. Perform a push-up by lowering your chest to the floor, jump your feet back in and, as you come up to stand, add a tuck jump.

Jump rope

Spending 5-10 minutes of your workout dedicated to jumping rope is a great cardio-boosting exercise. Jumping is considered high-impact in nature, so you get the muscle and bone strengthening benefits that are associated with high-impact exercise.

Spider push-ups

Performing push-ups is a great way to add intensity to your workout, especially when you make them a little more difficult than a standard push-up. The chest and back benefit greatly from doing push-ups, but it’s considered a total body exercise as the core, arms and glutes are all working hard, too. Take a plank position. As you bend your elbows out to the sides and lower your torso toward the floor, bend your left knee and touch it to your left elbow. Straighten your arms and come back to plank position with your left foot next to your right. Lower again, and touch your right knee to your right elbow. Return to plank position. Add in 3 sets of 10-12 at the end of your workout.

Source: Today Magazine Q3 Page 22 – 23

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