If you’re following a weight loss plan, you’re probably exercising at least a few hours per week. But sometimes we all get busy, and we don’t have time for that hour-long workout every single day. Yet, you still need to burn some calories to keep your progress on track.
The solution for the busy days might be something call compound exercise. While nothing will replace steady commitment to regular exercise, compound exercise can fill in the gaps on those busy days, helping you burn more calories in less time.
How does it work? With typical exercises – for example, a bicep curl – you focus on one muscle group at a time. You’re training muscles and burning calories, but at a slow, steady rate. Compound exercises involve more than one muscle group at once, so that you get a better workout in less time.
Some examples of compound exercises include:
- Performing bicep curls or other moves that target your arms, at the same time as squats or lunges
- Stringing together two movements, such as going straight from a bicep curl to a shoulder press, then back down
- Burpees, which combine push-ups, squats, and jumps
- Carrying small weights on your daily walk, and performing arm-toning moves along the way
You can get creative, and combine your own favorite moves, or search for compound exercise ideas online. Working with a personal trainer for a few sessions can give you some experience, or you can attend an exercise class that incorporates compound exercises. The point is to get creative, and find ways to maximize your workout time when you’re busy. You can burn more calories in less time, which can be particularly helpful during the busy holiday season.
As always, schedule an appointment with us to discuss your fitness goals and weight loss plan. We can give you a thorough checkup and help you decide upon an eating plan and exercise regimen that is safe and effective for your body type.