Do you find yourself exercising a lot but still finding it hard to burn off extra fat!? If weight loss is your goal, then try these four steps -- they may not work for everyone but in most cases these suggestions do improve your chances of burning more fat during your exercise routine.
1. To burn excess fat, it's best to do your work out first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Since there is no glycogen stored in your body ( liver ) to burn, your body will turn to its fat stores for energy. Please note, that if you experience health issues such as heart problems or diabetes, you will need to check with your doctor FIRST for proper guidelines on fueling for exercise.
2. Change your exercise routine once and a while! I am an avid runner, but every now and then I switch it up and do a spinning class on my Peloton bike. If you stick with the same exercise routine every single day, your body becomes used to it, and your body does not work as hard, thus creating less calories burned. Since I love running, I try to change the duration and speed once and a while to make sure my body is always working hard.
3. Include weight training in your weekly exercise schedule. I like to lift weights or do push ups before I run because I have more energy and any available glucose will deplete faster and thus I start burning fat sooner.
4. Make sure you eat a well balanced diet that includes lots vegetables. Try to stay away from desserts and junk foods that will pack on the pounds!
Remember, Bee Fitters, check with your personal physician before beginning any exercise program and make sure you stay hydrated before, during, and after exercise. Water intake is personal, but I usually aim for 1/2 my body weight in ounces in a day. Be sure to sip and not gulp. Water during exercise is important, but you do not want to over do it. More on appropriate water intake for the athlete, click here.