The number-one mistake men make when they’re looking to drop pounds? “They don’t do enough cardio in order to shed the weight,” says Jackowski. One way to amp it up: Jump rope between sets when you’re lifting weights. “Jumping rope is the best type of cardio,” he says. “It has one-sixth the impact of running on your joints, and you can do it anywhere.”
One to two days per week, Jackowski recommends logging 30 to 40 minutes of low-intensity cardio exercise—jogging, cycling on a stationary bike, or using the elliptical. (He likes cycling since it’s low-impact.) You can stretch and/or do abs on this day too, Jackowski says, but the idea is to give your muscles a break from lifting.
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