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Increase the Intensity of Your Workouts to Burn More Fat

I am a fan of mixing up my cardio pace — long, slow runs for endurance, tempo runs for speed, and interval training for a mixture of the two. Lately, I have a hard time revving up for my higher intensity workouts, since they're hard. I have a new piece of motivation though: Vigorous exercise raises levels of fat-burning hormones, which means more bang for my cardio investment. These hormones raise the level of calories burned post-workout, known as the afterburn.

Adding shorter but faster-paced workouts to your fitness regimen will help you decrease total body fat. High intensity workouts help decrease the amount of visceral fat, too — that's the dangerous fat that surrounds the liver and kidneys associated with diabetes and heart disease. One last reason to up the intensity is that it will also save you time, since you can burn the same calories in a shorter amount of time. If you walk for exercise, you can still work at a higher intensity and aim to walk at a very brisk 4.5-mile-per-hour rate.


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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Even more motivation. :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well that's motivation enough don't you think? i figure that if i can at least add a couple minutes of a sprint/high energy type thing to my workout then i'm doing something to increase my fat burning capabilities
syako syako 8 years
Funny you posted this today, I'm planning on doing an interval run on the treadmill today at lunch. It's raining, so no outdoor running today. :( Thought I'd make the treadmill more interesting.
laellavita laellavita 8 years
i've been using the hill setting on the treadmill at the gym - it separates one minute intervals of a higher and higher ramp with one minute intervals at 0 - and then just increase the speed myself. i go from 6.0 to 7.5 and back down, but at about 6.7, the hill is already at 5% and it is so killer.
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