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Do Dynamic Warm-ups

Instead of plodding along on a treadmill for 10 minutes before a workout, do a more aggressive warm-up that mimics the sport or exercise you're about to partake. You'll burn more calories and target the muscles you'll actually be using. "Dynamic warm-ups switch on both your software (nervous system) and hardware (muscle) to best prepare the body for exercise," says Comana.

For example, before going out for a run, try:

Backwards running/short steps: Run backwards in short, quick steps while swinging your arms rapidly; focus on using the ball of your foot.

Backwards running/long steps: Take exaggerated strides backwards, knees slightly bent without locking them, and keep the emphasis on landing on your toes.

High Skips: Skip using exaggerated arm swings -- try to get those knees to 90-degree angles; concentrate on height.

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