How did you go with last week’s Weight-Loss Action Challenge and deciding what not to eat?

If you’re stuck at a weight-loss plateau, this week’s challenge could really help.

If you’re eating well and exercising regularly but can’t seem to lose any more weight, then you might benefit from shaking up your workouts.

Which is what I’ll be doing this week – focusing on burning more calories when I exercise.

How I’ll Burn More Calories When I Exercise

I’m going to do this by using my core more intensively this week.

Working these abdominal, lower-back and pelvic muscles offers many fitness benefits - but I often forget to use them, instead relying on other, less-lazy muscles to do the tough work. This usually means my neck and shoulders end up tense and sore. :(

But this week I’m going to consciously work my core.

This is really challenging for me, and will make me work much harder!

How Will You Burn More Calories When You Exercise?

Now it’s your turn.

Decide how you’ll get more calories out of your workouts this week.

You could:

1. Make your workout sessions longer

Adding even 5 or 10 minutes each time will use more calories and help increase your fitness.

2. Add one or two extra workout sessions during the week

This is a great choice if your schedule or preferences make shorter workouts a good choice for you.

3. Work harder during your exercise

For instance, as we talked about on Day 27 of the 30-Day Weight Loss-athon, you could:

  • Increase your speed as you swim, walk, run, cycle, etc
  • Increase the resistance (difficulty level) on your stationary bike, elliptical machine, Stairmaster, etc
  • Increase the incline on your treadmill
  • Walk, cycle or run uphill
  • Increase the weights you use in your strength training session
  • Increase the effort you make in your group fitness class
  • If you use a personal trainer, ask about interval training.

Or you could join me and increase your focus on those core muscles.
(Here are some exercises to build core strength from the Mayo Clinic and Women’s Health.)

Or maybe you have some suggestions of your own to add?

Important Note: Get medical clearance if you need it.

I don’t know your physical/medical/health situation. Please look after yourself and be careful.

So… what will you choose for this week?

Leave a comment below (or here if you’re reading this in an email or reader) to say what you’re doing for this week’s Weight-Loss Action Challenge, or just to check in.

See you next week!