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Efficient Exercise

Summertime is spent on the beach with sand squishing between your toes, not wiping the sweat off a cardio machine. After all, the hard work has already been done for you to enjoy the summer, correct?

Tabata's anyone? What's that?
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This means you need to be more efficient with your exercise time. You need exercise that fits your schedule, not the other way around.

This doesn’t need to be formal exercise according to Sandy Webster, Editor – in –chief at IDEA Health & Fitness. “Walking briskly for a mile or two each day and standing rather than sitting will burn calories.”

Carrie Schmitz, an ergonomic research manager for Ergotron, has some great statistics when it comes to sitting.

* Sitting for prolonged periods of time is one of the biggest culprits inhibiting your body's natural calorie-churning engine. In fact, it takes only 20 minutes in any fixed position to slow down your metabolism.

* A new study reveals that if a person stood instead of sitting for an extra 3 hours a day, he or she could burn over 30,000 calories in the course of a year or what amounts to 8 pounds of fat.

Just standing and walking more enables you to be more efficient.

If you’re an exercise junkie and need a fix, keep it short and sweet according to Jessica Nowak, Program Director at the Biggest Loser Resort in Niagara.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) will transform your body. Try a Tabata format - pick an exercise and do it for 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest for 8 rounds (4 minutes total). You can use cardio exercises or incorporate strength and core to change it up. “

A few examples of the many exercises you could pick are:

1. Bodyweight squats

2. Incline push ups

3. Jumping jacks

4. Towel row (alternate feet)

5. Front planks

6. Mountain climbers

7. Alternating reverse lunges

8. Kettle bell swings

When doing more than one exercise, rest 60 -90 seconds between rounds. You’ll need it.

Less time in the gym and more time on the beach. What’s there not to like?

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