Cold weather makes me eat more, wear oversized clothes, and move less. These three ingredients create the perfect environment for extra weight to creep in. With only 8 weeks left until we're wearing normal clothes again, it's time to ramp up our fat burning.
And I've got the perfect workout to do it. Before you break out your jogging shoes, I want to remind you there's better workout that's scientifically proven to burn more fat more quickly.
But first, let me share a story. I recently went for a wellness checkup. Before seeing the doctor, the nurse collected basic data to determine my health status. After taking my blood pressure, she measured my current heart rate. Once the result appeared she asked, "are you a runner?"
I let a small laugh and asked her why she would ask such a thing? She then advised me that my resting heart rate was similar to others who lead an active lifestyle. According to Google, my heart beats per minute fell in the same range as well trained athletes. I am......not a well-trained athlete. Far from it.
In fact, I describe myself as leading a sedentary lifestyle. I'm home most days and if I'm working all day, I'll barely get any steps logged in my Fitbit. So why was my heart rate at such a healthy level? I'll tell you why! It's because, when I'm trapped in the house all day, my only exercise comes in the form of rebounding on my mini-trampoline. Lately, I've been using it as a stress-relieving/idea generating tool. Whenever I'm stuck and don't feel energized, I bounce for a few minutes to generate momentum. When I get the blood flowing again, ideas form and my mood gets an instant lift.
Somehow, those little jumping sessions must have an incredible impact on my heart health. That's the only explanation I could think of.
It turns out that my hypothesis was probably correct. Because a study conducted in 2016 showed that working out on a trampoline was even more effective than running when it comes to conditioning the heart. And, better yet, those who rebounded regularly burned more fat than their counterparts who were on a running regimen.
Study participants were broken up into 2 groups--runners and rebounders. Both groups were asked to maintain their normal eating and lifestyle habits for 8 weeks. During those 8 weeks, participants worked out 3 days a week for 30 minutes a day. Oxygen consumption capacity (amount of oxygen processed by the body) was found to be greater in the group that rebounded versus the runners. In fact, the oxygen capacity of the trampoline group was double that of those who ran for 30 minutes.
Best of all, they noted that those who worked out on a trampoline experienced a 31.6% reduction in body fat compared to a 20% reduction in the runners.
I've experienced rapid toning and fat loss when I consistently rebound for 30 or more minutes a day while watching my favorite shows. I barely broke a sweat because bouncing not that difficult of a workout.
I made the investment and purchased a high quality rebouder and I don't regret my decision one bit. At the time, I read a bunch of claims about how rebounding works every single muscle and cell in the body using a simple movement and I took their word for it. But now, we have published studies that support the incredible benefits of this wonderful exercise. And that heart rate reading reinforces that I made the right decision.
If you're one of those people who like to find ways to hack life (get more from what you put in), then you should take a serious look at the wonderful world of rebounding. Imagine how powerful it'll be to strength train while utilizing rebounding as your cardio.
If bouncing on a trampoline isn't your thing, but you still want to trim the maximum amount fat by spring, try this type of workout instead.