Our preoccupation with productivity extends from th office to the gym. We're all about accomplishing more in less time, no matter what we're doing (our busy schedules practically demand). And while there are plenty of different ways to measure the success of a workout, calorie burn allows us to see how much energy any given exercise is expounding (and most machines do the counting for you). To amp up the calorie burn during any type of exercise, consider the following simple and realistic suggestions from Health.
Do these three things during your workout to make every quick gym session count.
Find a hill. Why not use gravity to your advantage? "Gravity is an unexpected, but effective calorie burner—you have to work exponentially harder to fight its forces when you walk, bike, or run at an incline," Health writes. Exercising at a 6% incline can actually amp up calorie burn by 50%.
Add ankle weights. The more you weigh, the more calories you burn because your body has to work harder to keep your limbs in motion. Adding eight pounds of fake weight through gym accessories can actually increase calorie burn by 7% during a walk or 13% during a Stairmaster-type workout.
Let go of the rails on treadmills and ellipticals. "The more muscles you use, the more calories you burn," writes the magazine. Pump your arms while you're running or walking on the treadmill, and avoid leaning onto the elliptical to engage your lower body and core.