Welcome to Day 3 of the Flat Belly Challenge. In Day 1 I talked about the importance of diet and in Day 2 the importance of intensity. Now today I’m going to share with you one secret to boosting your metabolism even while you sleep.
DAY 3 – How to Boost Your Metabolism and Burn More Calories While Sleeping
Total body strength training is often overlooked as a method to burn fat. But the truth is training your ENTIRE body not only tones you everywhere, but it can also help you to burn more fat, including that stubborn belly fat, even at rest.
Yes, that means you can be burning fat even when you’re sitting at your desk, lounging on the couch, or sleeping!
See strength training helps you build sexy lean muscle. This extra muscle ultimately boosts your metabolism and fat burning hormones. This simply means you INCREASE your calorie burning and fat burning.
And actually if you had to decide between strength training and cardio training, I’d pick strength training every time. Even though you may burn MORE calories during a cardio workout, you’ll burn more calories in the long run from strength training.
See it’s easy to get caught up in calculating how many calories you burned DURING your workout, but forget that! Calculating calories burned during your workout doesn’t tell you anything about how many calories you burn after your workouts or how much your metabolism has increased.
These number often add up to A LOT more!
Flat Belly Challenge #3
Start incorporating full body strength training into your exercise routine 2-4 times per week. Remember to keep it intense! Start with this Plank Challenge Workout that strengthens and tones, not just your abs, but your entire body too.
Flat Belly Workout #3 : The Plank Challenge Workout
In today’s workout, you’ll be doing a lot of planks. I love planks because they work more than just your abs. They also work your back, legs, shoulders, and arms. So with just this quick workout you’re actually toning your entire body and burning even more calories.
You’ll need to grab your timer again for this workout. Like yesterday, complete each exercise for 30 seconds, doing as many reps as you can in that amount of time. Take breaks only as needed.
Complete 2-4 rounds depending on your fitness level.
Alternating Leg Plank – Start in a plank position on your forearms and toes. While keeping your stomach tight and your hips in line with your shoulders, alternate lifting your foot a few inches of the ground.
Side Plank Pulses – Lie on your side with your elbow on the ground and feet stacked or slightly staggered. Lift yourself up forming a straight line from your shoulders to your feet. Your elbow should be directly under your shoulder. Slowly drop your hip toward the floor and then press back up focusing on the squeeze on the bottom oblique. Don’t forget to repeat on the other side.
Knee Cross Ins – Start in a plank position on your hands and toes. Keeping your abs tight and your hips down, slowly bring your left knee towards your right elbow, crossing under your body. Return to start and repeat on the other side.
Side to Side Plank – Start in a plank position on your hands and toes. Keeping your abs tight, rotate into a side plank bringing your arm straight up in the air. Return back to the starting plank position and then rotate the opposite direction.
So what’s next?
I hope you enjoyed this 3 Day Challenge. You may even notice that your abs are a little sore and that’s ok…It’s just a sign that you worked hard and challenged yourself!
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