1 Combine cardio styles
Most people default exclusively to high-intensity interval training, or HIIT cardio, when it comes to getting lean. After all, the intense metabolic demand HIIT places on your body is like nothing else, and when done correctly, can take several days to recover from. What that means for you is a heightened calorie-burn both during the workout and as you recover.
I like to do my HIIT in short, sharp bursts, performing 30-second sprints on the treadmill or rowing machine, followed by 30 seconds of rest, for 10-15 rounds. But I don’t stop there. I actually follow my HIIT with 15-20 minutes of low-intensity cardio to help remove metabolic byproducts that accumulate during high-intensity exercise, which allows my muscles to recover quicker and gets me ready to train all over again.
This approach combines HIIT’s fat-burning ability with the recuperative benefits of low-intensity cardio, basically giving you the best of both worlds. I even like to add a little extra steady-state (because it doesn’t demand much in terms of recovery) when I want to burn even more calories.
I live about ten minutes from the beach, so I love to go out for an early-morning, pre-breakfast power walk. This helps me start my day on a positive note while allowing me to save the energy I acquire later in the day for weight-based workouts.
Plus, that morning jaunt allows me to do more than just soak up the sun. It also burns around 300-400 extra calories, meaning that I can eat more food during the day—and who doesn’t love that?