By Gregg Gillies
Summer is a great time to easily burn extra calories and finally lose the weight you’ve been wanting to get rid of for a long time.
Forget the stationary bike, the elliptical trainer or the treadmill. Get out of the gym and into the fresh air. Take advantage of the fat burning weather by participating in great outdoor cardio activities like tennis, basketball, walking, jogging, swimming, road biking or in-line skating.
You’ll find that participating in exercises like this won’t even feel like working out. You’ll enjoy yourself, the time will fly by, and you’ll most likely burn more calories than if you were sitting on a stationary bike in the gym.
The summer months are also a great time to take advantage of your cross training possibilities to keep from getting bored. You can pick a few different activities, like the one’s mentioned above.
There’s a whole lot more where they came from; fat burning cardio activities like backpacking, mountain biking, volleyball, and rock climbing.
Enjoyable outdoor fitness programs can really help to melt away the pounds and you’ll enjoy yourself while your at it. That’s an unbeatable combination.
Here’s a sample week of outdoor cross training cardio program for fat loss:
Monday: Walk for 40 minutes
Tuesday: Jog for 20 minutes
Wednesday: Play tennis for an hour
Thursday: Road bike for 40 minutes
Friday: In-line skating for 40 minutes
Saturday: An hour of hiking
Sunday: Road bike for 30 minutes
This is just a sample of what an outdoor cardio plan could look like for you. The activities will depend on your likes and dislikes and the length of the sessions will have to do with the current state of your cardio conditioning.
As you get accustomed to your routine, try increasing the time you spend on certain activities, depending on your fat loss goals.
The more intense your exercise session the more calories you will burn. In other words, the harder you work, the better you’re going look. But remember, there’s a tipping point. You need to find that balance between frequency, duration and intensity. Overtraining will stop your progress cold.
There are 3,500 calories in a pound of fat. If you burn 500 calories a day through exercise, you’ll lose a pound of fat per week. This is true IF you were burning the same amount of calories you were taking in each day before adding the exercise regimen.
Consider implementing some outdoor activities while the weather is nice and you’ll be surprised at the extra calories you burn because you’re having fun while exercising.
Gregg Gillies has a blog at www.tnafitness.com where you can get his new fat loss, muscle building and overall fitness tips.
His muscle building and fat loss articles have appeared in Ironman Magazine. He has written two books and is a regular contributor to Body Talk Magazine. Grab a copy of his free ebook Fat Loss Secrets Revealed! at www.fatlosssecretsrevealed.com
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