Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Great Outdoor Activity and Exercise That Will Build Muscles and Burn Fat

Running sprints are a great exercise that elevate your metabolism and burns fat when done in an interval basis. When you run sprints, you are running as fast as you can. This is best done in a very short term. It is very difficult and not productive to your fitness level or fat loss if you are sprinting at a longer interval. Personally, I do a lot of indoor sprints- either sprinting in place or using Pilates bands to enable me to do indoor sprints. These are good alternatives but nothing is better than sprinting outdoors. You will get a great workout that would require you to adequately recover so that you can do more sprints. Normally when I do indoor sprints, I would sprint for 20 seconds with a 10 second recovery. I would do that for 8-10 times (or sets). Outdoor sprinting requires more recovery time. Also, you must be more careful of not getting injured when you do outdoor sprints. What is the best way to make outdoor sprinting productive for your physical fitness and fat loss program?Before sprinting outdoors, make sure your legs are sufficiently warmed-up and that you are wearing proper foot gear. You are not running for time so you do not have to wear track shoes which have little or no padding. Instead, wear cross-trainer shoes or other supportive shoes. Rather than doing casual jogs for 30 minutes to an hour. It is more effective and productive to your fat loss program if you would sprint for 20 seconds with a minute recovery or so. Then, do that for 6-8 times (or sets). It should not take more than 15 minutes to do a great outdoor sprinting workout. Make sure your palms are open (rather than closed fisted). Pump your arms and bring your legs up with shorter and choppier strides. Afterward, make sure you do a light cool down and do ballistic and some static stretches so that you legs and back will cool down. Pay attention to your arc and to your Achilles. They can get injured easily during sprints.You will definitely workout when you do these outdoor sprints. Try it on a standard Track and Field track at a school or park. Your legs and back will get a great workout and may feel sore soon afterward. Also, you will be breathing hard long after the workout is over. That hard breathing is the difference that will make you lose weight.