Cut yourself some slack when you’re getting back into the swing of things after the holidays. It doesn’t matter if you gained a few pounds. Maybe you upped your caloric intake and indulged in lower-quality foods, meaning you’re likely retaining some water.
A return to your typical habits will restore equilibrium. But if you want to speed things along, a metabolic conditioning workout is just the ticket to reversing those effects. It’s chock-full of compound exercises to get your heart rate up (and keep it up for most of your workout).
To be clear, compound exercises comprise large, multi-joint movements that train several muscles at the same time for every rep you do. That means you’ll burn more calories and increase your metabolic demand so you’ll continue to burn at a greater capacity well after your workouts are complete.
How to Add a Metabolic Conditioning Workout to Your Regimen
This workout is evergreen and versatile. You can use it more than once weekly, and insert it into a training program that may involve heavier lifting on its other days. This strikes the balance between bodyweight training and lighter loads, so the complement is perfect.