By Chere Lucett / www.divinecaroline.com
You are down to those last few pounds to lose and your scale refuses to budge! Sometimes what your body needs is a no-holds, barred shake-up, or a little extra oomph to power you through the plateau. Those ten pounds won’t know what hit them!
You have left the gym floor drenched every day since last week. You have denied yourself the tiniest of tasty morsels to get yourself over the hump, and all of your hard work, what has it amounted to? Ten lousy pounds left taunting you, reminding you that you are not done yet. Those last ten pounds are sticking to you like glue and short of a hunger-strike, you don’t know what your next move should be to rid yourself of them. Well we have the solution that adds up to blasting those ten pounds and keeping them away, never to bother you again!
1. Get on the ball! If you are not already using a stability ball during your workouts—trade in your machines for one. This is a small change that can make a big difference for your body and your weight. According to a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research [2006; 20(4):745-50], stability ball training can almost double activity in the abdominals and external obliques. More muscle activity means more calories burned during the exercise session, and who doesn’t want more bang for their buck?
2. Pick up the pace. Changing your routine can be as easy as adding in some intervals and picking up your pace a bit. Interval training can help you work harder without fear of overtraining. In addition, fifteen minutes of interval training can burn more calories than fifteen minutes of regular cardio and improve your cardiovascular health by challenging your heart to peak and recover. Not to mention, interval training has been linked to increased caloric burn after the exercise session is completed—so you are burning more calories at rest. Those ten pounds have met their match!
3. Fidget more. Yes—the pencil tapping and knee bopping can be distracting during a meeting, but in the end, research shows that those who tend to fidget more burn more calories.