Home // Blog Articles // Activity // The Fastest Way to Shrink That Spare Tire

The Fastest Way to Shrink That Spare Tire

by | Jul 22, 2015 | Activity

Do you ever get the feeling all that time spent on the treadmill isn’t exactly slaying that beer belly Game of Thrones style? If so, it’s not just you – weight-loss research suggests long cardio workouts aren’t the quickest way to slim down that spare tire. If you really want to see results, maybe it’s time to try interval training.

Interval training saves time:

We’re all short on time these days, but interval training actually means less time in the gym. We’ll spare you the science behind the technique, but study after study shows that by alternating high-intensity with lower-intensity work, you increase your body’s afterburn effect. In other words, you’re literally burning fat for hours afterwards.

Why interval training might be right for you:

High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, has become crazy popular in the past few years, mostly because it’s just so darn effective. Who doesn’t want to see better results in less than half the time of traditional workouts? If you want to learn more, check out this BBC video that shows cycling for just three minutes can have more impact than longer endurance sessions.

How to get started: 

Try this interval training routine that should have you sweating like Mike Tyson at a spelling bee: Walk, jog or cycle for 30 seconds at a comfortable pace, then alternate with 30 seconds at a faster pace. Repeat a few times and see how you’re doing. Try to get to 20 minutes if you can, but don’t overdo it!

Remember, there’s a reason they call it high-intensity – if you’re doing it right, you’ll feel it. Embrace that temporary burn for a good feeling that lasts.



Don't Change Much
Don’t Change Much

Do You Like This Blog?

As a national charity, we depend on your donations to provide our services to Canadians. Every contribution counts.

Your Donations Make a Difference


Your contribution will further men’s health programming, tool development, and research.

Don’t Change Much is a movement inspiring men and their families to lead healthier lives. With reliable information and easy tips, we know every guy and their family can make small changes that will have a big impact on their health.

More From


Hello sex, goodbye back pain!

Hello sex, goodbye back pain!

What do Charles “Huggy Bear” Huggins, Jack “The Hammer” Szostak, and Frederick “The Fredster” Banting all have in common? Besides being Canadian and having goofy nicknames, which we totally made up, all won the Nobel Prize in Medicine. If it were up to us, a team at...

What Bike Should You Get? Different Types of Bikes Explained

What Bike Should You Get? Different Types of Bikes Explained

So you’ve decided to take advantage of the many benefits of riding a bike. Well played, sir, well played. There’s only one tiny problem: you don’t own a bicycle or yours has collected dust and you’re curious to know if it’s still the right bike for you. We can help...

5 Simple Stretches that Blow Lower Back Pain Away

5 Simple Stretches that Blow Lower Back Pain Away

From an appreciation for things that bounce to a love of explosions — the bigger the better — guys have plenty in common. But millions of Canadian men share something else that’s a lot less fun: lower back pain. Four out of five of us suffer from it at some point in...

Beat Traffic with Pedal Power: Why Cycling Is Good for You

Beat Traffic with Pedal Power: Why Cycling Is Good for You

Raise your hand if you just love sitting in traffic. No hands? Thought so. We all know the terrible feeling of banging your head against the steering wheel during rush hour.  Now, imagine replacing a tiresome, expensive drive with something cheaper, healthier,...

Let’s Talk!

Did you enjoy this article? Let us know in the comments.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our comments are moderated and are made live after they’ve been reviewed. If you disagree with anything in the article or comments please do let us know, but be polite so we can have a constructive discussion where everyone has the opportunity to learn.

Pin It on Pinterest