Make sure you are building muscle, not just burning calories. A common mistake is that people spend all of their time on cardio work, thinking it will help them lose weight or slim down. While cardio is important, it’s equally crucial that you build muscle strength, for the simple reason that, as Shape magazine reports, “building new muscle raises your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) so you’ll burn more calories every day.” A workout that helps you burn calories even when you are hanging out on your couch is a workout we are willing to try.

Another way to max your workout plans out, torch calories and build muscle quickly is to embrace interval training. Quick sprints of high intensity cardio followed by short periods of less-intense strength training or rest will make your workout efficient and will get you results. Recent research has proved that “you can achieve more progress in a mere 15 minutes of interval training (done three times a week) than the girl jogging on the treadmill for an hour.” Since we dread running on a treadmill for an extended period of time, this is good news.