In wearing a heart rate monitor (Polar $129) that tracks my beats per minute and calories, I’ve learned it’s not difficult to finish a workout with an extra 100 calorie burn.
Obviously, high intensity cardio workouts burn more calories and low intensity lifting burns less. Whatever the case, if I put in an extra 10 minutes of work at the end, I can usually pull out 100 more calories!
I’m not a big calorie counter. I honestly can’t tell you how many calories are in the foods I eat because there are no labels on them. (If I wanted/needed to know, I could enter foods in here.) I focus on natural and clean food in terms of their protein, the glycemic load of carbs, and fiber. The fat and calories are usually secondary because the I try to chose food that metabolizes easily. Unfortunately I’m totally addicted to sugar, but life’s not worth living without it :)
My extra push at the end of a workout not only burns the calories, but also proves that I CAN work a little harder when I set a goal there. Usually when a class or training session is over, I feel beat and want to head for the door. I could pick up some weights or jog for just 5 minutes, but I never do…. Now, when I look down at my calorie counter I can set 100 calories as a goal and do whatever I want to get there: run, climb, walk, stairs, etc. If I have the time, I grab my phone or a magazine and briskly walk while I check email or read. That’s my favorite option :)
Even if you don’t have a heart rate monitor,
I challenge you to push yourself for 10 minutes,
a FULL 10 minutes, after your workout.
DON’T THINK – JUST DO IT.
Do whatever you can. Stay focused.
Then asses how you feel afterwards.
Did you realize you had that ability in you to keep going? Are you content with the activity you chose for that 10 minutes? Do you feel a sense of satisfaction that will take your workouts to a new level? Are you disappointed that maybe you didn’t give your all in that 10 minutes? Are you pleasantly surprised that this level of exertion, no matter how big or small, makes a difference?
Check back in here next week and let us know how it goes. I’m interested to hear your experience.Tweet this!