A lot of people go running to try to lose pounds and burn off body fat. But how effective is their running? What can they do to make their workouts more effective and use them to burn more calories and fat? In this article, I will share some simple tips to increase the fat burning rate of your running workouts.
Tip # 1 – Uphill running
Do some uphill running during your workouts. It's quite amazing to see how much harder it is to run at a small incline than it is to run on a flat surface. Your leg muscles and your entire body will be pushed to a greater effort, your heart rate will shoot up, and you will start to sweat profusely. Needless to say, all this will increase the number of calories that you will burn during such workouts.
Tip # 2 – Sprinting
To make each of your workouts end on a high note, do not slow down when you come to the final destination. Instead, finish each workout with a sprint. Sprinting will boost your heart rate and you will feel like you've given your all during the workout. It will also take you a longer time to wind down and get back to regular heart rate. I often find that my body is still warm long after I finish my sprint.
Tip # 3 – Quality over quantity
In the past, many people recommended running for 40 minute to an hour to make sure you're burning a reasonable amount of calories. I disagree with this notice. I believe that quality is more important than quantity. It's better to do a hard 20 minute running workout than to go for a 60 minute slow-paced jog. No only will the former burn more calories, it will also boost your metabolism higher.
Tip # 4 – Do intervals
One of the best ways to make your workout more intense is to do intervals and not run at the same pace for your entire workout. An interval training workout is one in which you change the pace of your running every minute or so. You run very fast during one interval and slow down to allow your body to recuperate during the next. You alternate between high intensity and low intensity intervals, allowing you to push your body harder for longer. This style of running workout burns a lot more calories.
Use these tips and burn more fat faster.