Work It Out

stretchWe know lots of HCG readers are working hard on fitness resolutions this month.  To help you reach these goals, HCG is sharing a treadmill workout that has helped us burn fat and spice things up in the gym. Let's be honest: running on a treadmill isn't an exciting workout.  But for many women, it's a necessary evil - especially in the cold weather months.  In order to get the most of your time on the treadmill and not waste your life logging hour-long cardio sessions, give interval workouts a shot.  Interval workouts are known to burn calories more effectively than ordinary workouts, and the workout we've provided below is intense yet manageable.  If you can walk and jog, you can do this workout.

Full disclosure: we found this workout on E! personality Giuliana Rancic's blog after MR happened upon her Twitter feed a few months ago.  We know it's a pretty random discovery, but girlfriend is crazy skinny so we thought she might know what she's doing in the workout department.

The Workout (modify speeds and inclines as necessary) - Begin with a 5 minute warm up by walking briskly at 4.0 or 4.5 on a 2 or 3 incline. - Increase the speed to 6.5 and increase the incline to 2.  Run for 2 minutes. - Reduce the speed to 4.0 or 4.5 and increase the incline to 4 or 5.  Walk for 2 minutes. - Repeat these run/walk intervals for 30-45 minutes.

Believe me, you will be amazed at how satisfying this treadmill workout is.  When I'm crunched for time and really want to get a good cardio session in, I'll do 30 minutes of this workout (plus warm up) and walk away feeling great.  Don't be intimidated if you're not a runner - you run for only 2 minutes at a time and can start at an easy speed.  For the gym rats in the house, this is a lot more challenging than it sounds.  I actually look forward to the running portions because walking at a high incline on a quick speed is not at all easy.

Finally, a word of encouragement to the HCG readers at Bywood Elementary School who are killing it in the school-wide Biggest Loser competition: stay focused and keep up the hard work!