If you want to stay injury free, the best strategy is to do different exercises everytime you go to workout. If you rode the bike Monday, jog or walk on Tuesday, Swim on Wednesday, etc. If you worked your chest and back on Monday, work legs on Tuesday, work shoulders, triceps, and biceps on Wednesday, etc. Full body routines are fine to do also, but make sure you don't lift too heavy if you are only going to give yourself one day off in between strength training sessions. In addition, always remember to stretch out after a workout by using the foam roller or stretching with a band to keep the muscles from becoming so tight that you risk injury. The last thing to consider is making sure that your have balanced muscles. It is easy to do the exercises you enjoy and skip the rest, but then you risk getting muscle imbalances which can also set you up for an injury. A great way to avoid this is to hire a trainer even for a short period of time who can design a program for your body, correct any muscle imbalances before they get worse and put you on a schedule of workouts. Let me know if I can help you in any way achieve your goals and stay strong, balanced and healthy.
The only way to know the accurate calories that you are actually burning on any cardio machine like the Curve, the elliptical trainer, row machine, or bike is to wear a heart rate monitor with a chest strap. It actually reads the accurate number of calories you are burning. Do you realize most cardio machines over estimate the calories burned by 30 to 40%? A machine will estimate calories burned based on a 150 pound person if you press quick start. In addition, even if you put in your own weight, the machine is off. I know this because I wear my monitor every time I workout. Once in a while it might come close if I am working really hard, but that is rare.
There is a great free resource available to the public and the website honors the USDA Dietary Guidelines as well as making them understandable in regards to food groups and portion sizes using a plate for easy application to your own diet. It is: http://www.choosemyplate.gov. You can get your own food plan based on your age and activity level. You can also track your food, exercise, recipes and much more.
I am sure you are aware of genetically modified organisms (GMO's) that are in our food supply now because the crops last longer and the food producers can make more money. The bad part for our health is that our bodies don't recognize these genetically modified seeds and they are not good for our health. For example, many people are now intolerant to gluten because of the genetically modified wheat seed that has much more gluten in it than the one God designed. Most GMOs are found in processed foods, but now up to 40% of our conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are genetically modified. I encourage you to buy USDA Organic to avoid this.
In my own research and preparation for my ACE Health Coach exam, I have found an incredible resource for you to print off and have available when you are shopping from the Center for Food Safety. There is also an app available that you can download to your phone that allows you to check brand names for genetically modified organisms as well.
Knowledge is power and I believe we are living in a day an age where we absolutely have to take charge of our health!
Do you have a back pain? If so, start strengthening the opposite muscle, the abdominals, which will help with muscle balance. Once you ab muscles get stronger, your back pain will go away.
1. Start with bracing your core when you sit or stand. A good suggestion is to sit on a ball which forces you to do this.
2. Next, add planks, regular and side planks on the elbow which emphasize the core muscles more.
3. Later, add rotations to your plank and standing torso rotations with a medicine ball.
4. In addition add kettle bell swings which really help those muscles because of the odd shape of the weight.
5. Try TRX. Every move you do forces you to squeeze your core.
6. Once your core is rock solid you will be able to add heavy weight lifting which is one of my passions.
I will be happy to help you achieve all the goals in your journey!
1. 20 Step Ups
2. Renegade Rows (row using dumbbells on all fours one arm at a time or in a full plank)
3. 20 Kettlebell swings
4. 20 bodyweight squats
5. 20 mountain climbers
6. 20 push ups
7. Side plank hold for 20 seconds each side
Do each exercise one right after the other with as little rest as possible. Work up to repeating 4 times.
Good luck and let me know how you do.
We are living in a day and age where information is readily available. We don't have to be dependant on our family doctor as the be and end all of our health. Now is the time to stop blaming our genes and start taking charge of our health. Everyone knows the importance of regular exercise. In addition, research is supporting how important it is to eat real food from non genetically modified seeds. We also don't need added fillers such as cellulose which is wood chips that the FDA deemed non harmful to our health in limited amounts. Really?? What type of bread do you eat? I eat only Ezekiel Bread and tell my clients the same. It has 7 ancient grains like quiona and millet and absolutely no flour. It is made from sprouted grains which is so much healthier for you and the seeds are not genetically modified. We need to look for more than just 100% whole grain on our breads now. Knowledge is power. Know what you are putting into your bodies. If you need extra help to understand all the information that is out there, give me a call. I am going to be an ACE Certified Health Coach soon in addition to a Certified Personal Trainer.
Let's face it, everyone indulges a bit over the Christmas season. Now that most of it is over, what is the best way to detox from all the added sugar in our diets? What works for me is limiting all sugar and starches for at least a week. I make sure to abstain from anything that breaks down into sugar in my body which includes breads, even whole grain ones, potatoes, anything starchy and especially sweets. I eat a diet rich in eggs, yogurt, lean protein, and lots of vegetables. I even watch my fruits due to their high sugar content. I try to eat no more than 100 carbohydrate grams a day for a couple of weeks to detox myself. If I need a quicker detox, I limit my diet to fruits and vegetables only for 3 days and then gradually add back in the other food groups.
I get asked this question quite a bit. The research is in and if you are already a fit adult at any age, I may add, you may be ready for it. I recommend you working with a certified personal trainer who can safely access when you are ready for this type of training. A researcher by the name of Tabata found that 8 rounds of 20 seconds of bike riding followed by only 10 seconds of rest increases fitness levels, decreases body fat and will even help you lose weight. This study was done with a cardio type of training and not heavy weight lifting like they do in Crossfit. I do not recommend Crossfit to any of my clients because it is unsafe and the injury rate is through the roof. I do believe in pushing past the point of where people push themselves. I have been doing Tabata training with many of my advanced clients for over 5 years, but we do it safely with body weight or cardio training only.
This is a question I get asked a lot. It is better to always try to build more muscle because the more muscle you have, the more fat you will burn. It also speeds up your metabolism and makes you a fat burning machine.
If you are a cardio junkie force yourself to just warm up for 5 minutes then attack the weights or do body weight training. Later, reward yourself by doing your cardio after you have given your all to your weight training. The minimum amount to see muscle tone is 2 days a week, but I recommend 3. For example I do body weight training 2 times a week using the TRX and lift weights 2 days a week. Because men generally have more muscle than women, this is the reason why men lose weight so much faster. Become a fat burning machine and lift weights everyone!
Let me know if I can help you in anyway. I have strength and conditioning as well as body weight training classes using the TRX available. In addition, I do one on one sessions.