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5 Easy Cardio Workouts At Home For Fat Burning

5 Easy Cardio Workouts At Home For Fat Burning

Should you work out inside or outside? At the gym or at home? People debate over which is better for exercise, and usually say that exercising outdoors will help you lose weight faster, but the truth is, it doesn’t really matter where you work out. The key is to find a routine that works for you and stick with it – whether at the gym, outdoors or at home. However, exercising at home is the cheapest and most convenient way to get in shape. You don’t need to find a babysitter, you can’t use bad weather as an excuse, and you can wear your 80’s workout gear that you secretly still like without being stared at.

One common mistake people make when they exercise at home is to think that they can’t do cardio workouts at home without buying a treadmill or elliptical trainer. However, there are many other ways to get a good cardio workout indoors. Here are a few suggestions you can follow to burn calories at home:

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1. Aerobics DVDs are Good Options for Cardio Workouts at Home

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    Aerobics will give you a good cardio workout at home and keep your heart rate up. Look for videos that also give warm-up and cool-down exercises and at least 30 minutes of cardio. If you are just beginning to get in shape, be careful not to overdo it with these videos right away. It can be easy to become discouraged in the beginning, so start small and work your way up.

    • Walk Away The Pounds by Leslie Sansone is a good place to start. This DVD has gotten some great reviews from users and will build your endurance.
    • Jillian Michaels has a few DVDs out that are great for cardio workouts at home. You can also find some of her workouts on youtube, but it’s probably best to buy at least one DVD so you always have it.
    • Billy Blanks has a few kickboxing workouts that will definitely test your endurance! These workouts are more intense, so make sure you already have a couple of weeks under your belt before trying any of his DVDs.

    As with any type of exercise, it is recommended that you don’t do these videos every day. Try them 2 to 3 times per week, and use another workout on the in between days.

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    2. Go Back to Junior High

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      Remember burpees, jumping jacks, and marching in place? These are all exercises elementary and junior high students were forced to do in gym class. They are great options for cardio at home, and will help your body burn fat. Try this cardio combo to start with:

      1. March 1 minute (to warm up)
      2. 10 Jumping jacks
      3. March 30 seconds
      4. 5 Burpees
      5. March 15 seconds
      6. Junp Rope 1 minute
      7. March 20 seconds
      8. 10 push-ups
      9. 20 Jumping Jacks
      10. March 15 seconds
      11. Jump Rope 2 minutes
      12. 7 Burpees
      13. March 2 minutes (cool down)
      14. Stretch your limbs!

      Do this routine in between other cardio or strength training days, and don’t forget to stretch afterwards, or you will regret it the next morning.

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      3. Dance Your Way to Better Health

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        Dancing is a great way to get a cardio workout at home, and it’s the most fun way to get into better shape. Choose some upbeat music that inspires you to move, create a playlist so you won’t have to stop dancing in between songs, close the curtains and get dancing! Although dancing is fun, remember that you are also doing it to get a cardio workout, so make sure you get your heart rate up and break a sweat. If you are just beginning to exercise, start with 3 songs, and work your way up to an hour after you’ve built up more endurance.

        4. Your Stairs are a Great Source of Cardio

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          Many gyms have step classes and provide members with different sizes of “steps” to exercise with, but you can get a great step workout at home for free. For safety reasons, stay on the first 1 to 3 bottom stairs in your home, and always wear running shoes. Put on some cardio music and make sure you workout both legs equally as you step up and down those bottom steps. Once you work your way up, you can try taking 2 steps at a time during your step workout to make it a little harder. Just remember to be careful as you do this.

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          5. If You Have Equipment, Use it

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            Many people own either a treadmill or an elliptical, but most of these are buried somewhere in the basement. If you do own one of these, it would be well worth your while to use it a few times per week if you want to workout at home. The best way to increase incentive to use a treadmill or elliptical at home is to make your exercise space more inviting. Put a TV in front of your machine and you can set goals according to the length of your favorite shows. The distraction of TV will help you to work out harder and longer than you normally would. Keep the room clean and clutter free as well so you will want to spend time in that area.

            If you want to know more about weight loss, you can’t miss the following article that provides all useful tips you need:

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            Last Updated on November 11, 2018

            How to Gain Muscle Fast (The Healthy And Natural Way)

            How to Gain Muscle Fast (The Healthy And Natural Way)

            There’s a common misconception that building muscle occurs entirely in the gym from exercise and lifting weights. In this article, we are going to debunk this notion that weight lifting and gym exercise yields 100%, or even 90% for that matter, of muscle building results.

            So how to gain muscle fast in a healthy way?

            Yes working-out is a critical aspect of developing muscle, however it should not be the focal point. Building muscle occurs primarily outside of the gym by way of diet/eating habits, and sleep regimen.

            How Is Muscle Developed?

            Muscle is developed from damaging the tissue during exercise, and facilitating the most optimal circumstances for repair and growth of those same tissues. This means you will not only need to exercise, but you should focus on carbohydrates around your exercises, and adequate rest and recovery between workouts.

            If your focus is building muscle and not losing weight, focusing on a high-carb diet with carb loading around the workout days will yield great results. Yes, you absolutely can lose fat and build muscle following a low-carb diet, but you’ll make faster progress if you follow a high-carb diet instead. Now don’t take that as a green-light to stuff your face with pasta, bread, and all sorts of other carb-heavy foods.

            Let’s examine Glycogen – a multibranched polysaccharide of glucose that serves as a form of energy storage in humans. Muscle glycogen is a form of carbohydrate that’s stored in your muscles and liver. Glycogen is the primary source of fuel during exercise, and low glycogen levels decreases your ability to gain strength and muscle. The best way to maintain high levels of muscle glycogen is to eat a high-carb diet, with around 1 to 3 grams of carbs per pound of body weight.

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            The time of ingestion of a carbohydrate supplement on muscle glycogen storage post exercise was examined in a study with twelve male cyclists that exercised continuously for 70 min on a cycle ergometer at 68% VO2max, interrupted by six 2-min intervals at 88% VO2max, on two separate occasions. The results suggest that delaying the ingestion of a carbohydrate supplement post-exercise will result in a reduced rate of muscle glycogen storage.

            How to Gain Muscle Fast?

            If you want to gain muscle as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible, then you want high muscle glycogen levels. Here’s a few effective approaches to building muscle:

            Muscle Growth and Glycogen Levels

            The primary driver of gaining muscle and its growth is progressive tension overload, which involves exposing your muscles to increasingly greater levels of tension over time. The most effective way to achieve this is to get as strong as possible on heavy compound lifts (squat, bench press, deadlift, over head press, bent over barbell rows..etc).

            When you keep glycogen levels high, you’re going to gain strength faster, which means gaining muscle faster, too. Having higher levels of muscle glycogen will more than likely help you build muscle faster.

            Maintaining high muscle glycogen levels also improves post-workout genetic signaling relating to muscle growth and repair.

            Muscle Recovery and Glycogen Levels

            Not only do higher muscle glycogen levels yield quicker strength gains, it will also improve recovery between workouts.

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            On the contrary, low muscle glycogen levels are associated with overtraining, and even increasingly popular low-carb diets, which deplete muscle glycogen. Low glycogen levels also increase cortisol and reduce testosterone levels in athletes, which is a key component needed for building muscle.

            Those on a low-carb diets also have reduced insulin levels. Insulin, in addition to helping store nutrients, also has powerful anti-catabolic properties. Basically insulin decreases the rate at which muscle proteins are broken down, which in turn creates a more anabolic environment conducive to muscle growth and development.

            Intermittent Fasting (“IF”) and Testosterone

            Fasting is not just a beneficial way to manage your weight, caloric intake, and start shredding as I have indicated in previous articles. Some research shows that fasting can be a source of strength enhancement and increases in testosterone stimulation.

            As humans age metabolism slows and testosterone production decreases, this simply means that the body will no longer be able to work as efficiently as it did in earlier years. This is one of the primary reasons why you should take more care to your diet.

            Research has shown that intermittent fasting can enhance the ability to secrete growth hormone in the body.[1] This is one of the primary reasons why IF is one of the preferred dietary habits of bodybuilders and strength athletes such as myself, whom will utilize an approach that emphasizes fasting phases (2 of 7 days of the week for example).

            Research has also shown that IF can increase the bodies ability to signal luteinizing hormone.[2] In non-obese men, an intermittent fasting testosterone study showed that IF increased LH (luteinizing hormone – a testosterone precursor hormone) up to 67% and overall testosterone 180%.

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            Luteinizing hormone is one that works in both men and women to enhance our ability to be sexually active and productive. In women, luteinizing hormone can trigger ovulation, and in men, works to stimulate testosterone.

            Intermittent fasting also increases levels of a hormone called adiponectin. This increase in adiponectin during the fast helps improve insulin sensitivity. Adiponectin is so effective, in fact, that it’s been shown to reverse insulin resistance in mice.

            Gaining Muscle and Macro Nutrients – Protein!

            Something that absolutely cannot go overlooked is the protein consumption. Personally, I believe protein should be primarily consumed in food, however if looking to gain muscle, it can often be quite difficult to hit daily macro nutrient requirements.

            If one is to build muscle consistently a general rule of thumb is to aim for 1-1.5grams of protein per pound of body weight on a daily basis. So as a 200lb man I would be needing to consume 200grams – 250grams of protein per day. I would aim for the higher consumption on days when very active and training.

            As I’m sure you’re aware, it can often be quite difficult to consume that much protein, especially in food! It’s in these cases where supplementing protein isn’t a bad idea and I have discussed in great detail the different types of protein in previous articles.

            Generally speaking, I lean towards Whey Protein Isolate, or non-dairy options such as Hemp Protein, or Pea Protein. As of late I have been waking up every morning and consuming one scoop of Hydrolyzed Collagen Protein Bovines from grass-fed beef. Collagen peptides are highly bioavailable and act as building blocks; renewing bodily tissues such as skin, bones and joints.[3]

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            Collagen peptides may act as a messenger to the cells and trigger the synthesis and reorganization of new collagen fibers, thereby supporting tissue structure. Consuming protein such as Collagen in the morning is beneficial as the stomachs acids are needed to optimally break-down and absorb protein.

            Though this has been a topic of great debate, I also firmly believe adequate carbohydrates are required to build muscle, especially if you are exercising/training often. With all the low-carb movements floating around the internet, there’s lots of misinformation. Muscle-building requires energy which is typically through an increased intake of carbohydrates.

            Yes to gain mass, you have to ensure you’re consuming enough protein to rebuild muscle tissue damaged from training; but also consider carbohydrates because gaining size requires filling your muscles with glycogen as we discussed earlier in this article.

            Conclusion

            If you’re serious about gaining muscle fast the healthy way, it requires commitment and consistency. You will need to exercise and I highly suggest you download MyFitnessPal to track progress, set goals, and maintain diet.

            It’s also motivational because you can find like-minded people in the fitness community, or encourage your friends to download the app as well and follow each other. I personally did this when I was losing weight and gaining muscle, and it was a blast to see my own progress and that of people I care about.

            As always I’m not just here to write about the steps you need to take, I’m also here to help! You can message me anytime or email me with any questions you may have. I’m more than happy to assist with your muscle building and weight loss goals!

            Featured photo credit: Arthur Edelman via how to gain muscle fast

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