Torch more calories post-workout with these five metabolism-revving tips.
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1. Always include legs
Legs are key for boosting your metabolism, especially because they are, in total, your body's largest muscle group. Using total-body exercises that incorporate them is crucial for weight loss. For example, try adding squats before a shoulder press and see some solid results.
Focus on your workout and its intensity. Rather than your usual five-minute recovery period between sets, time yourself and allow only 3 minutes. It'll probably still be enough rest, but you'll keep your heart working faster in the meantime.
Forget lying crunches—do cable crunches instead. Kneel in front of a high-pulley apparatus, facing the machine. Attach a rope handle and, keeping your elbows by your eyes, slowly curl your body down. Touch your elbows to your knees at the bottom.
Compound movements can help boost your metabolism. Stick with movements such as bench presses, squats, chins/pullups, dips and deadlifts. Each works substantially more muscles than isolation lifts (which, by design, work only one or two muscles) and therefore burns substantially more calories.
Cardio training is a great way to boost your metabolism. Hit the track and run ten 100-yard dashes with 90 seconds' rest in between each. Then head home—you deserve a break, although your body will be incinerating fat for hours to come.8 Amazing Fat-Burning Intervals >>>