Workout Tips – Afterburn
Keep the Burn Going After Your Workout
If you’ve been reading my site for long, you’ve probably heard me mention “afterburn,” a way to keep burning calories long after your workout is over.
Magical, right? No, not really. It’s just one of the side effects (good side effects) of high-intensity workouts like INSANITY and TurboFire.
But there’s another way to burn calories when you aren’t working out—keep moving.
That’s right, every time you move, whether it’s doing hard core plyometrics or simple walking up the stairs, you’re burning calories.
Calorie burn, though, is just one of the benefits of all this physical activity. You also reduce your risk of diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
The more you move, the better your chances of avoiding those things.
And the flipside is that if you spend lots of time doing nothing—like watching TV or surfing the Internet—you’re only going further down the road to poor health.
The solution? Keep on moving. Not just during your workouts, but before and after … all day long.
Why Mindless Sitting Kills
You can’t always avoid sitting. But if you do find yourself stuck in a chair or on the couch, you can take steps to stay as healthy as possible.
One way is to pay attention to what you do unconsciously while sitting.
Take watching TV, for example. People who sit in front of a television also tend to snack mindlessly.
One chip becomes two, which becomes a handful, and then … Wham! … you’ve eaten a whole bag of chips without even noticing.
That’s mindless snacking.
The good news is that it’s easy to fix. Here are a few options:
– Don’t eat in front of the TV. That’ll put an end to mindless eating right there. If you get hungry, pause your show, go to the kitchen, and eat there.
– Measure your snacks before you sit. Don’t surround yourself with bags of chips. Fill a bowl with one serving and don’t go back for refills.
– Swap the junk food for healthy options. Cut up a bunch of fresh fruits and vegetables to snack on while watching television. Even if you eat a whole bowl of carrot sticks, it’s still fewer calories than that bag of chips. Plus, you get all sorts of healthy nutrients.
I wrote a post on how people are sitting more – click here to read about breaking the habit of inactivity.
Why Movement Equals Fat Burn Plus Health
The government recommends that people get 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week.
That, however, is the bare minimum to stay healthy.
You can easily get that with any number of exercise programs, like INSANITY, ChaLEAN, or P90X.
But why stop there?
There’s plenty of room in the day for you to pack in the physical activity. Here are ten of them.
Not only will these simple, everyday activities help you burn fat (outside of your workouts), but you’ll also reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Best of all, you’ll feel better. Every time you walk a flight of stairs, you’ll work your muscles, strengthen your cardiovascular system, and keep your mind calm.
Plus, if you’ve ever done a high-intensity workout (or are thinking about trying one), putting in the minimum amount of effort is not your thing.
So don’t stop moving when your DVD workout ends. Don’t avoid stairs. And don’t let the government convince you that 30 minutes a day, five days a week, of movement is all you need.