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Difficult, monotonous, boring, impossible- people label their weight loss journey by various names but from where I see it, weight loss is a beautiful journey. I call it a beautiful journey because you get only what you work for. No free lunches! If you do 3 sets of 20 reps each, that’s exactly what you will see the mirror. Push yourself a little more and you will see that which each additional push, you will lose some additional pounds and while on a weight loss journey, nothing can ever beat that feeling!
To ensure that you get that feeling over and over again, weight loss and fitness experts have come up with high-intensity weight loss workouts. Also known as high-intensity interval training, these workouts are a form of interval training with hardcore sets and minimum rest. In addition to fitness and weight loss experts, scientific researchers also seem to agree that high-intensity workouts are the way to go if you want to shed those extra kilos quickly. However, everything comes with its set of rules and regulations. If high impact weight loss workouts seem like your cup of tea, then read on for some quick tips that you need to keep in mind before stepping into the high-intensity circle.
Tip #1: If you are a beginner, start off with some 'low intensity' high-intensity workouts. Start small and work your way up. Jumping directly to extremely high-intensity workouts can result in the wear and tear of your muscles and have other adverse effects on your body.
Tip #2: Always warm your body up for at least 10-15 minutes before starting a high-intensity interval training. This allows your muscles to loosen up which will minimize workout related damage.
Tip #3: Allow your body to recover after a high-intensity weight loss workout. Preferably, squeeze in a quick warm-up session after your workout session in order to allow your muscles to relax.
Tip #4: Don’t do more than three high-intensity interval workouts in a week. This prevents the overexertion of muscles and minimizes injuries. It also gives the body adequate time to heal and recover.
Tip #5: Adding to tip #4, communicate with your gym trainer and work on a schedule that has the perfect balance of high intensity and normal intensity workouts. Incorporate exercises that are best suited for your body type and weight loss goal.
Tip #6: Don’t push yourself too much. If you are still sore from your last high-intensity session, then take some time off and cool down. Overexertion and injuries are the last thing you need in your weight loss journey.
Tip #7: If you ever experience chest pain or any other sort of breathing difficulty during your high-intensity workout sessions, stop right away and get some rest. It is important to understand the difference between hard work and smart work!
Tip #8: Know that it is always a good idea to mix things up. Doing the same exercises over and over again, no matter how intensely you do them, will increase your body’s resistance and efficiency towards them. In the process, you will burn fewer calories leading to slow weight loss.
Tip #9: Ensure that you eat nutritious meals, stay hydrated and sleep well. How strong your body is internally will determine how much you will be able to push yourself externally during your high-intensity workout.
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