Beat Post-Vacation PudgeSummer's nearly over, and while that means we no longer have to worry about looking hot in that adorable swimsuit, it also means that our bikini bods may be a little worse for the summer wear. We're talking vacation weight, put on while snacking on chips at the beach house or indulging in a few too many barbecues.
We caught up with Michelle Lovitt (trainer extraordinaire of Courteney Cox), who gave us four tips melt away about 2 percent of body fat in two to three (very active) weeks. In other words, before the tan lines fade.
1. Interval train five days a week for a half hour with a heart-rate monitor - working 80 percent of maximum heart rate during sprints and never dip-ping below 60 percent during "rest." Find your target heart rate.
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2. Do all your resistance training - squats, planks, sit-ups, reverse lunges - on a BOSU ball. "It forces you to use more muscle to keep stable," Lovitt says. Alternate between 15 to 30 minutes of upper- and lower-body exercises every day.
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3. Incorporate 5- to 10-pound hand weights into all lower-body exercises to maximize muscle use and boost calorie burn.
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4. Mix up your routine by playing a high-intensity sport at least once a week. Cox, for instance, hits the tennis courts on weekends. Or, you might find pole dancing is for you.
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