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How to Lose the Last Five Pounds

Add Sprints to Drop Those Last Five Pounds

You've been eating right and exercising regularly for quite some time and the scale has been good to you. You're five pounds away from your goal weight, but your body is hanging on to that extra fluff for dear life. To help drop those pounds for good, you're going to have to make a change to your exercise routine. When doing cardio, instead of traveling along at the same speed or intensity, sprinkle in 30-second sprints. It doesn't matter if you're jogging, biking, jumping rope, or swimming. Whatever type of cardio you're doing, start off your workout at a moderate pace for 10 to 15 minutes, then kick it up as fast as you can for 30 seconds, then slow it back down to an easy pace to recover for 90 seconds. Repeat this interval cycle five to eight times, and then finish off your workout at a moderate pace for 15 minutes. Including speedy bursts burns more calories than working at a continual steady pace. Doing this kind of interval training is also proven to decrease belly fat. So add sprints to your cardio workouts and you should see those last few pounds disappear.

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tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 7 years
I'll try this. Thanks for the tip.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I need to get back to intervals. I've been taking it easy on the cardio for a couple of weeks due to a little knee pain.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I've been doing this on the treadmill at the gym...it has a "speed interval" button on it and you can program your easy speed and your sprint speed and then you just push the button every time you want to switch. It really kicks my butt!!
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
i hate sprints or any type of speedwork. im just destined to be a slow runner!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
I will definitely try this, I think I'm getting too comfortable with my cardio
jkat jkat 7 years
If only there was a specific type of exercise proven to reduce arm fat, I'd be golden. ;-)
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