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The sugar burning workout

The sugar burning workout

Sugar-burning workouts are all about short bursts of energy interspersed with slow bouts of recovery movement.

When you walk gently you use what is known “slow-twitch” fibres. These circulate the oxygen with every breath and burn off the blood glucose and the glycogen stored in your liver.

When you run fast, your muscles fire up and the glycogen burns so quickly that you’ll feel like you have jelly-legs as you have burned all the sugar out of them.

There’s a balance between exercising enough but not too much.

The best way to achieve this is to alternate between full-body toning and strength workouts for 15-30 minutes and cardio interval workouts from 10-30 minutes for six days a week.

We've a great stationary bike workout that covers this nicely – and burns sugar so you get all the benefits.

Six-minute stationary bike workout:

  • Warm up, pedaling easily – 2 minutes.
  • Pedal as fast and hard as you can without holding make and make sure you hold your form – 20 seconds
  • Recovery - slow to a very easy pace. Keep pedaling slowly until your breathing returns to a comfortable rate – 90 seconds.
  • High-intensity exercise – 20 seconds.
  • Recovery – 90 seconds.
  • High-intensity exercise – 20 seconds.


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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.