It’s natural for the progress of an exercise program to gradually slow with time. “Your muscles eventually adjust to this new level of activity,” says Dr. Rosenthal. A study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that women who did an hour of intervals on a stationary bike – four minutes of sprints, followed by two minutes of recovery – burned 36 percent more fat than those who maintained a steady pace. Or jumpstart your walk by alternating a few minutes of brisk pace with your normal moderate stride.
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