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This easy tip will boost fat loss!

No matter how long you’ve been working out, there’s one thing we all have in common: We all want results! There will be days where you kick butt, but there are also those days where you ride the struggle bus all the way through. These ups and downs are totally normal, but sometimes the rut you’re in lasts more than a few days. In those cases, try this one simple change that you can try to make your workouts more effective! 

This simple change is a great way to increase the intensity of your workouts. In terms of losing weight, elevating the intensity of a routine is an excellent way to burn more fat. What’s even better about this tip is that it doesn’t require any extra equipment: All you need is your own body weight!

So, what is it? Two words: Active rests!

What’s active rest? It’s pretty simple. Instead of taking a break in between sets or rounds, perform an aerobic exercise instead. Active rests can be performed during steady-state cardio (like walking outside or on a treadmill) or during resistance training workouts. Before we go over how to incorporate active rests into your routine, let’s take a look at some examples.

Active Rests that Only Require Body Weight

Here are some examples of active rest body weight exercises that you can perform.

Jumping Jacks
Burpees
Mountain Climbers
Sprints
Step-Ups
Speed Skaters
Butt Kicks
Squat Jumps
Plyometric Lunges
Push-Ups
Side Lunges
Jogging in Place
High Knees
Sprints

Active Rests that Require Additional Equipment

If you have access to additional equipment, feel free to utilize it during your active rests. Here are some examples of things you can do:

Kettlebell Swings
Kettlebell Push Press
Battle Rope
Box Jumps
Single Unders (Jump Rope)
Double Unders (Jump Rope)
Sprints (Treadmill)
Stair Climber
Elliptical
Bike
Ladder

How to Incorporate Active Rests Into Your Routine

Incorporating active rests into your workout is really simple. You can take your current routine and simply swap in active rests wherever you had inactive rests before. Or, if you don’t have a routine yet, we have plenty of options to choose from. 

Here’s what a total body resistance training workout with active rests might look like:

What to do: Perform 3 sets of 10 reps for each exercise. In between sets, perform each active rest for 30 to 60 seconds. Move immediately to the next set after you complete your active rest to keep the intensity up! After you finish all three sets of each exercise and active rest, move on to the next exercise.

Dumbbell Squats

Active Rest: Jumping Jacks

Dumbbell Shoulder Press

Active Rest: Butt Kicks

Dumbbell Rows

Active Rest: Mountain Climbers

Dumbbell Deadlifts

Active Rest: Jogging in Place

Dumbbells Chest Press

Active Rest: Jump Squats

Dumbbell Bicep Curls

Active Rest: Kettlebell Swings

Dumbbell Tricep Overhead Press

Active Rest: Burpees

Plank

Active Rest: Speed Skaters

Performing active rests will increase the intensity of your workouts and help you burn more calories and fat! If you’ve never tried it before, we highly recommend giving it a shot!

If you try this one simple change to make your workouts more effective, we’d love to hear how you feel. Do you feel like you’re getting more out of your routine? Are you sweating more? Losing more weight? We want to know! Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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