365/321 Rock Climbing

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You were such a stud back in college. After four years of being a high school athlete, along with some Ultimate Frisbee in college, even all that cheap beer didn’t have much impact on your body. Now you’re a thirty-something, and every time you look in the mirror, it seems like your gut is hanging out over your belt just a little further. You’re not sure, but you think you spotted the beginning of a double-chin.

“What happened to my lean, mean fighting machine body?” you ask the reflection in the mirror. The answer’s simple, really, and if you search your soul, you already know it. Long days in the office, together with long commutes on crowded highways, lead you to plop down on the couch at the end of the day. It also doesn’t hurt that you’re 35 but eating like you have the metabolism of an 18 year-old.

Welcome to middle age.

Guys, don’t worry, not all is lost. You can get back that studly body when you learn how to lose weight fast with fat burning exercises and good nutrition. We’ll focus on good nutrition in a subsequent article. For now, let’s look at three sure-fire ways to burn off that gut.

1. Hit the weights.

When you lift weights the right way, you’ll definitely burn off the fat. What is the “right way”? In essence, the right way to lift weights is not to lift weights like a wimp. You want to push your limits every time you go to the gym, because stretching beyond your current capacity is what leads your body to build muscle.

Your body builds muscles when your current muscle tissues get micro-tears in them. Seeing that the muscle wasn’t up to the job you asked it to do, your body says, “Hmmm, I guess we’d better add some more muscle tissue in that area.” In other words, the phrase “No pain, no gain” is right on the mark.

Guess what? Muscles require energy to function. That energy comes from either the calories you just ate, or the calories you’ve stored. Once your muscles run out of the calories you just ate, they’ll start using stored energy – fat. This is how weight lifting leads to fat loss.

2. Try circuit training.

Circuit training combines resistance training, usually in the form of lifting weights, with fat burning aerobics. An example of simple circuit training would be to run on a treadmill for ten minutes, do bicep curls for three minutes, run for ten more minutes, do lunges for three minutes, and so forth, until all the different parts of the body have been exercised.

Baylor University, the University of New Mexico, and The Cooper Institute have all studied the effectiveness of circuit training, and the results of these studies have been a good endorsement of circuit training. The studies showed circuit training to be time efficient, comprehensive, and excellent for cardiovascular health. Best of all, it doesn’t necessarily require expensive equipment or joining a gym. You can create your own circuit training workouts and do them at home, at a school track, or elsewhere.

3. Get outside.

Do treadmills and exercise bikes bore you? Do you get the willies when you picture yourself on a stair machine? If so, then don’t keep forcing yourself to go to the gym – it’s a recipe for burnout. There are plenty of fat burning exercises you can do in the great outdoors. Here are a few of the best:

  • Rock climbing – Rock climbing requires your whole body to stay engaged and active, leading to burn up to 400 calories for every thirty minutes you climb.
  • Rowing – Rent a kayak and head up to the mountains for one heck of a fat burning workout.
  • Cross-country skiing – Many people put on weight during the winter because they don’t like the gym and don’t feel they can work outside. That’s nonsense! Cross-country skiing is an excellent cardio workout that can burn 330 calories in half an hour.
  • Mountain biking – Pushing yourself up those hills and jumping logs is a great way to burn fat.
  • Running – This last one is a classic that can be done by anyone, anywhere. The only drawback to running is that it does take a toll on knees and ankles.

How to lose weight need not be a mystery. With the right combination of the fat burning exercises listed above, and healthy, unprocessed foods, almost anyone can lose weight without having to wait.

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