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5 Fat Loss Workout Hacks—Lose Weight Faster

5 Fat Loss Workout Hacks—Lose Weight Faster

I’m always looking for simple ways to make my workouts more effective, as doing so helps me achieve my fitness-related goals in significantly less time. Over the years, I’ve created and learned from others hundreds of cool tips or “hacks” to make fat loss and building muscle simpler and faster.

This article reveals 5 of my favorite fat loss workout hacks for burning more calories during, and after your workout. Give them a try and you’ll see results after just a few workouts. You’ll really speed up the rate at which you lose weight by also following the diet tips in this article.

1. Bodyweight Circuits

Bodyweight circuits are a super challenging way to burn more fat. I also like them because they don’t require any fitness equipment, and you can do them almost anywhere.

These exercise circuits are easy to perform. Begin by choosing bodyweight exercises (burpees, chin ups, inverted rows, push ups, squats, etc.). I recommend using 2-3 exercises for your lower and upper body respectively. Alternate each type of exercise in your circuit. A way to increase the calorie-burning intensity of these circuits is to alternate between lower and upper body exercises throughout the circuit.

The bodyweight circuit below follows this methodology.

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Burpees
Inverted Rows
Wide Outs
Push Ups
Planks (hold for 30-60 seconds)

Perform 10 reps of each exercise in the circuit. Your goal is to perform each exercise one after another without resting. Rest once every exercise in the circuit has been done until you’ve caught your breath and feel recovered. Repeat 3-5 times. The fitter you are, the more circuits you should perform.

You can perform bodyweight circuits after your regular workout.

2. Countdowns

This fat loss workout requires you to perform 2 exercises one after another for a pre-determined number of sets. You count down every set by decreasing the number of repetitions for each exercise by 1 rep. The countdown workout is done when you get to 0 reps.

Here’s a count down that I really love for burning off calories and boosting your fitness levels fast.

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Exercise 1: Wide Outs
Exercise 2: Push Ups

Start with 5-10 reps for the first set and decrease the number performed by 1 at each set. Your goal is to get to 0 reps without resting between any of the exercises. Make it your goal to add another set every week.

Here’s what this looks like over a period of 6 weeks.

Week 1: 5 sets (sets of 5,4,3,2,1 reps)
Week 2: 6 sets (sets of 6,5,4,3,2,1 reps)
Week 3: 7 sets (sets of 7,6,5,4,3,2,1 reps)
Week 4: 8 sets (sets of 8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 reps)
Week 5: 9 sets (sets of 9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 reps)
Week 6: 10 sets (sets of 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 reps)

I like to do countdowns at the end of my bodyweight-focused workouts and on my off days after first doing several sets of kettlebell swings or farmer’s walks.

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3. Farmer’s Walks

This is one of my favorite exercises for burning fat:  they’ll also help get into great shape fast! Farmer’s walks are simple to perform—all they require you to do is simply pick up something heavy, like a dumbell, kettlebell, or bucket of rocks, and walk.

Work up to 15 minutes of walking while carrying a dumbell or kettlebell in each hand and your stubborn body fat will melt away. You also notice that your legs, abs, and shoulders look better and become much stronger.

Start with walks of 3-5 minutes and increase the amount of time you walk every workout until you’re doing them for 15 minutes at a time. Once you can do this, increase the weight you carry.

You can perform Farmer’s Walks at the beginning or end of your workout.

4. Kettlebell Swings

This exercise is a total body exercise. A single set of swings will train every muscle in your body, especially your legs, back, and shoulders, and will also get your heart rate cranking. These 2 benefits are why this exercise can help you melt off body fat fast.

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Start with a weight that you can use to do 2-3 sets of 12 swings easily. Make it your goal to perform 100 swings in under 10 minutes. Perform as many sets as necessary. I like to start with sets of 10 as this helps ensure I’m doing each swing with proper form.

Once you can do 100 swings in less than 10 minutes it’s time to make things more challenging. You can do this by using a heavier weight, or doing a more difficult form of this exercise such as the kettlebell snatch.

5. Rest Less Between Sets

Don’t let the simplicity of this tip fool you: it alone will turbo-charge the intensity of your workouts. As you may already know, the more intense your workout the more calories you’ll burn.

Start by resting 10 seconds less between each set of exercises of your workout, and make it your goal to get down to 15 seconds between each exercise. Once you can do this, you can make the workouts more challenging by performing more exercises and increasing the weight you’re lifting.

Conclusion

Now you have five killer tips that will help you burn more calories and lose fat more quickly. Perform just one of these fat loss workout tips at the end of every workout and you’ll see results in no time.

Another way to use these tips is to perform them on your day off. Just choose 1-2 of the tips above to get in a 10-15 minute mini-workout and burn off extra calories.

I also recommend the article Hack Your Weight Loss Workout for more ways to lose weight fast.

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Last Updated on September 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

Gratitude-Quotes

    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

    write down goals

      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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