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Fitness, Motivation

Countdown to FITMAS – Day 11


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Challenge – how many burpees can you do?

And here are 5 reasons why you should love burpees 😉

1. They burn megaBurpees calories

Burpees make your body a fat burning machine because they are an intense fully body exercise, so burn a lot of calories. Plus, research shows that high intensity exercises like burpees burn up to 50% more fat than moderate exercising. And better yet, they speed up your metabolism throughout the day—meaning you’ll burn more calories all day long, even after your burpee hell is over. So if you want to lose weight, ditch the recumbent bike and elliptical machine—and do some burpees instead.

2. They make you stronger

The burpee is a full body strength training exercise and the ultimate example of functional fitness. With every rep, you’ll work your arms, chest, quads, glutes, hamstrings, and abs. After a few sets of burpees, your legs should feel a little bit like lead.

3. They’re great for conditioning

Burpees are great for developing conditioning and endurance. They get your heart rate up—fast. Burpees are a great way to get in shape quickly, whether your goal is to learn a new sport, train for a triathlon, hike a big mountain, or, just to look good.

4. They’re portable and require no equipment

The best thing about burpees? They require absolutely no equipment. You can do burpees in your house, in a park, even in your hotel room.

5. You can add them to almost any workout

Unlike running, which is a slow, monotonous form of exercising (unless you’re sprinting), burpees are fast paced, dynamic, and never boring. Add them to the end of your usual workout. 😉

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