For starters I want to say that this weekly communication will become bi-weekly, so the next one will be in two weeks. With that blog communication I’ll get back to some healthy-eats or recipe stuff as well.
Chances are that most everyone reading this would like to shed some fat pounds, myself included. Coming to the gym for a workout, taking a walk, even doing household chores will help, but if you are at all like me, you want to get the best bang for your buck…that includes your time investment as we all know that “time is money”. With this in mind I thought I’d share some hints and tips on making your fat-burn a bit more efficient.
Fat Burn Tips:
#1: Work on your lean muscle mass – We all have muscles, in fact the typical human body has 640 skeletal muscles. All of those muscles are developed to some degree through our regular activities. Some we can actively work to develop while others are more involuntary…like the facial muscles used when we smile…your smiling now aren’t you.
Anyways, lean muscle mass works to burn calories and that is the target as we look to burn fat more efficiently. So do some strength training and you’ll improve your fat burn.
#2: Workout when you awaken – Getting in some exercise when you first awaken, and before you have breakfast, turns up the fat-burning furnace. Depending on the intensity of the workout you may want to get some efficiently process-able carbs, like a banana or an apple, but getting moving right out of bed gets your fat burning day off to a good start!
#3: Get proper Sleep – If you can get 7-8 hours of sleep each night you should. We all have daily challenges that may not enable this much sleep but if you find yourself awake in front of the TV watching whatever is on late night and perhaps munching on something you don’t need then you are not doing yourself any favors. Just because you are up does not mean you are doing good things for your body. Sleep is hugely important and you should try to get as much as you can (up to 7-8 hours/day), as often as possible. With this you won’t make late-night bad food choices and you will find that you can get much better workouts in the next day…both of which work to mitigate unwanted body fat.
#4: “Move-it” – Don’t let a “desk Job” become an excuse for not moving enough each day. The phone, texting, Email, etc. have made it too convenient to not get up and walk over to a co-worker’s desk…may not be practical always but I’d bet that you can find some business benefit in addition to health benefit you’ll get for getting face-to-face a bit more often. What about lunch or a couple/few times a day for clearing your head…look for opportunities to take a walk…the steps will add up!
#5: Add Ice, or shed a layer: Force your body to burn more calories in an effort to warm itself. By being comfortably uncomfortable you force your body to burn calories. That includes drinking an Ice cold glass of water (please…not soda). Yes, it is not just an old wives tale, it has been proven that you force your body to burn calories in its effort to warm the water to body temperature.
The above five tips are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the different things you can do to turn up your fat-burn. Next time you’re in the club stop by and I’d be happy to talk with you about more ways to turn up your own personal fat-burning furnace.
Tidbit about Pete – I hate being late but have learned that sometimes being fashionably late is better than being precisely on time and way better than early. If I’m scheduled to be somewhere my blood begins to boil if I find that I’m going to be late for whatever reason. In fact there are circumstances where not being early makes me feel anxious even though I know I will be on time…the old adage that “early is on time, on-time is late, and late is simply unacceptable” is mostly what I live by. That said, there are occasions where being “fashionably late” is in-fact preferred. As an example, let’s say you have friends that are hosting you at their home. Chances are they are scurrying about getting their house in-order, or getting snacks & appetizers prepared, or perhaps even getting in a last-minute shower before their guest(s) arrive. Don’t get there early, in fact it is better to text them while on your way, and let them know you are running a bit late…10 to 15 minutes, which I feel is quite fashionable. With this you’ll probably have just relieved them from some of the last-minute preparation stress that comes with hosting guests. Having been the host so many times I know this to be the case in most every case. Just don’t let them know too far in advance or they’ll bake that into their planning and the benefit they could have realized with the sudden extra 10-15 minutes notice near arrival time will be lost.