Sunday, November 6, 2011

There is no such thing as failure!!!

Yes you read the title correctly, there is no such thing as failure when it come to fitness.  This is a journey that will last a lifetime. You will never fail as long as you keep going.  I have been doing some research and have some great things to share.

Burning fat: Are you burning fat when you workout? Well if you are working out for less than twenty minutes, then the answer is no!!! You don't start burning fat until you  have been exercising for twenty minutes.   What does this mean? Well it means that you need be exercising for at minimum of 20 minutes.  To be honest it should be at least an hour a day to make significant progress

Building Muscle:  Are you doing resistance training?  Muscle burns more calories than fat, so if you have lean muscle you will burn more calories a day.  There is a myth that lifting weights will make you bulky. It is in fact a myth.  Lifting weights will only build lean muscle that will in turn help you burn more fat!  You should be weight training at least 3 days a week.   Don forget to change you program every 4 to 6 weeks.  a Plateau occurs when you do are doing the resistance exercises for a long period of time. You want your body to remain confused, so variety is necessary. I alternate 3 different programs every 4 weeks .

Cardio or Weights: Many of us go to the gym and we do both weight training and cardio in the same session.  Most of you will do your cardio first , just to get it out of the way.  However since you don't start burning fat until 20 minutes into you workout, you should do your weights first. You are going to expel more energy doing cardio. So you want to burn most of your fat doing  your cardio.

I hope these tips were helpful.

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