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Cardio Bits: Burn More Calories During Your Next Workout

I put all this emphasis on not letting your cardio routine get boring, but what about your weight routine?

Try adding little things that you can do in between weight-training sets so that you’re not just standing around wasting up prime cardio burning real estate. These short and fun activities will allow you to keep your heart rate up which means you'll be burning more calories. Some ideas to try:

  • Jumping jacks
  • Hopping or skipping in place
  • Jumping rope
  • Kicks, front or side
  • Step-ups, on a bench or step
  • Jumping on a mini trampoline
  • Knee lifts, alternating from right to left
  • Jumping side to side
  • Mountain climbers
  • Jabs, alternating from right to left

All it takes is a minute or even 30 seconds. Before you know it you'll have added 5 extra minutes of good calorie burning time to your workout. Easy, right? Now, imagine yourself as the star of your own little aerobics video -- Jane Fonda eat your heart out.

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