So the other day I was talking to a client about exercise and the way it can make you feel not only better physically, but mentally as well. My point was that studies show that exercise is AS effective as a chemical anti-depressant.
You've probably heard it before. It goes something like this..."If you want to lose a few pounds you need to do long, slow, steady-state aerobic exercise in the fat burning zone." Well, if you know me then you know I love debunking fitness myths, busting excuses and not playing nice with the latest weight lose "gimmicks"
Let’s get real. 4 minute abs doesn’t mean you will get a six pack in 4 minutes. It means it is a 4 minute workout targeting your abdominal muscles. If you want a six pack or a flat tummy you need to do at least two things. Develop strong, tight abdominal muscles and shed excess fat in and around your abdomen. Before starting a new exercise program or diet of the week, ask yourself, am I really ready to change my lifestyle? Because that’s exactly what it’s going to take to reach your goal.
Ok…so you’ve finally broken down and realized the benefits of adding resistance training to your workout routine. Good for you!! You’ll increase bone density, increase tissue strength, increase metabolism, endurance, power and decrease body fat. Wow!! Sign me up! But the problem is, beginners aren’t really sure where to start. I mean c’mon…reps, sets, intensity, tempo, training variables…what’s it all mean?
Drink plenty of water every day.Take a multivitamin & fish oil supplement every day.Eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full.Focus on lean meats & veggies, nuts & seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar.Fad diets do not work. They may at first, but in the end, you'll gain the weight back and more. No diet will do what eating clean and healthy does.See last tip.
It goes without saying that performing cardiovascular workouts is extremely important for your overall health and well being. When it comes to burning fat and improving health, these exercises need to be well timed. Whether you’re working out in the morning, late evening or some other time, consistency is the key to a healthy body and mind. Regardless of your choices like jogging, walking, elliptical or running, if you’re able to sustain the speed and time, your body will burn fat, and your metabolic rate will be improved.
First of all, lets face it: Putting everything else aside, life is EASIER when you’re strong. Carrying groceries? One trip. Children to carry? No problem. Car stuck in the snow? Push it out with ease.Plus, whether you’re 100 lbs overweight or just need to lose the last 15, strength training is one of the most effective ways to burn fat and build muscle.