You burn more calories during the 23 hours of a single day than you do during…
Your workout! This one may seem super obvious, but it’s funny how much importance we place on the calorie burn during our workout time over the movement we do (or don’t do) during the rest of our day. We’re not saying regular exercise isn’t important, it’s essential for building strength, stamina, fitness and improving your overall health, and yes, it’s going to help you burn calories, but it’s not going to be the largest sum calorie burn of your day!
Instead of focusing on burning as many calories as possible during your session distracting you from good movement, shift your attention to keeping your calorie burn going during the remaining 23 hours of your day. For example, changing your body composition by adding more lean muscle mass can help you burn calories even while you sleep and stay as active as possible during waking hours — stand up as often as possible and walk for a minimum of at least 5 minutes out of every hour you spend sitting (even more for greater overall health benefits).
As for your workout time, let go of the idea that everything you do must burn major calories and tune into your body, the movements and your muscles. Create fitness goals that make sense for your personal needs preferences and inspire you to live an active lifestyle. Better yet, find a gym and coaches that inspire you to challenge yourself, take risks and learn new skills.