If you want to know the secrets of getting a toned and trim body in the shortest time possible, ask the people who know – personal trainers, fitness instructors, and exercise physiologists. These experts gave the following workout tips for achieving the New Year’s resolution of becoming more fit this year:

Effective Workout Tips

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  • Tone up on the treadmill – This 10-minute exercise is a combination of cardio and muscle sculpting. Do a brisk walk on the treadmill, holding 5-pound dumbbells in each hand. Perform a 1-minute set of different exercises with the dumbbells as you walk. Include shoulder presses, bicep curls, lateral raises, and more.
  • Power up your runs – Doing wall sits each time you end a run will help strengthen your quads, hamstring muscles and glutes in addition to enhancing your speed and endurance.
  • Chart your progress – A report of your progress can function like a report card that will encourage you to perform better each time you see marked improvement. Write down your activities and develop a grading system that you can use to honestly assess your performance.
  • Break out the shovel – Many chores are actually good forms of exercise. Shoveling snow from the driveway can burn up to 400 calories in an hour. Shoveling also develops your power and muscular endurance. The best part is that you don’t have to pay somebody to do the job. Perform your house and yard chores with greater vigor knowing that they are helping you get rid of excess calories.
  • Work out during the workday – Squeeze in a brief workout at the workplace. You can keep some dumbbells near your desk which you can use during your breaks or when you start feeling bored in the course of your work. It can “mix up” your work day, helping you stay more engaged. When small exercises are spread out through the day, they won’t seem as taxing.
  • Intensify your push-ups – Push-ups are among the best exercises. They work the upper body, core, and lower body, improving strength, endurance, and agility at the same time. Take your push-up routine up a notch, making it more intense and hard from day to day.
  • Improving your running routine – If you are training for a long race, mix long, steady runs for building endurance with short, explosive sprints for building muscle and improving speed.

If you are setting aside time to workout, you might as well make it count. Heed the experts for working out with maximum efficiency.